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Dendrobium Star of Rivendell

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    A difficult plant for me ; some years it does not make any new growth at all ; but most years it flowers, although I am sure it would flower better if it grew better ! Fortunately each cane will flower for several years in succession.
    It is an Aussie of course - 50% D.speciosum, 25 % tetragonum ( also difficult, and often refusing to start a new growth) and 25% falcorostrum.
    It did ( I should say they did - I have two examples of it) produce good new growths last year - when the greenhouse got too hot, too often whilst building work went on and the fans had to be switched off. Perhaps that is the secret- it prefers Aussie ( north of the continent ) heat to chilly English summers.

    I do wish I could get more, but Australian orchids disappeared from our shows many years ago ; don't know why - exchange rates ? CITEs ? too far for wimpish aussies to travel ? . Any aussies reading this, I use these pejorative words after you gave us a hiding in the ashes, and we retaliated in the one day series ( for the rest of the mystified readers, its cricket I am talking about). Just joking, anyway !

    I would really like to get some more Australian dendrobes both good foprms/varieties of the species, and also some of their exciting hybrids- I did get a few last year from an enterprising US dealer, who imported from Hawaii, sent them from California to Germany, and then finally they reached my benches... Must be an easier way, but the only thing I can think of is to buy a big sponge bag, and get on my bike and pedal across to Sydney, Perth or somewhere , when they have a big show... and I don't think that is at all likely.

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    Well worth the wait with all those blooms!

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    It's really gorgeous! Can understand why you would want more.

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    Nice! Don't see a lot of Australian plants here either. Except for kingianum, lots of varieties of that species.

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    That is so lovely.

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    Very nice Geoff. Name should be Star of Riverdene. not Rivendell.

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    That is probably some kind of Freudian slip on my part.I lived in a house with that name when I started growing orchids back in rhe 60s. My second , near identical plant is labelled as Star of Bethlehem, which is also not a registered name.

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    Nice hybrid with beautiful shapes.

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    Geoff, it's a beautiful bloom. I have same issue growing Australian species and I believe you are right, they love the Aussie heat which I will not be able to provide. My friend used to import orchids from a German supplier, you may want to check that out if they carry Aussie species/hybrids.

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    awesome display!

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