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Den. Adastra

This is a discussion on Den. Adastra within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This is a primary hybrid (Den aphyllum x Den anosmum). I got it as a ...

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    Default Den. Adastra

    This is a primary hybrid (Den aphyllum x Den anosmum). I got it as a tiny keiki last March. The canes have a pendulous growth habit, and like to hang down over the side of the pot. Through the summer and fall it grew to about 14". Then in October you stop all water until spring. I didn't stop until Nov, and slowly all but one leaf browned and fell off (which is what they do.) In Feb when the new growth first started I resumed watering and fertilizing.

    That's what you're supposed to do. And it's pretty much what I did. I probably needed to water it more frequently when I resumed, but it did bloom, if only a single flower!

    That's significant, because it's my first Den bloom ever! Diane and I have well-earned reputations as Den killers. So this is pretty cool! Now, if I could just figure out all the other ones I have...

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    Cool Coolio!

    That is lovely McOvercameTheDenCurse. The colour is wonderful, and I especially like the fluffyiness of the petal edge.

    Now all we need is proof from Diane that the curse has lifted from you both

    Congratulations on losing your reputation.

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    Nice job to get it to bloom, although I would cut the flower off once the photo was taken to save its energy for a better growth. I think it will bloom more once it gets more mature.

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    Very nice job there, McJulie!!! Glad that you figure out the dends, one at a time, hehheeee. I think this one is fragrant, does it smell like rasberry?
    Cheers. Hoa.

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    Kerry, Diane lifted her curse first. There's a post around here somewhere to that effect. Search on "Diane + Dend = death"!

    No fragrance yet, Doc Spock, but I'll keep sniffing and report back.

    McJulie

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    This is gorgeous!!! Congratulations! So if you have to stop watering over the winter, does that mean that Dends are deciduous? eek, I didn't know that!!

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    Excellent news! It's lovely, the fuzzy lip is very sweet. Please report back if it starts getting a fragrance as well, raspberries sounds amazing for an orchid scent.

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    Hi Becky,

    There's tremendous variety within the Dendrobium genus, which is what can make them tricky. You really need to know which sub-genus, or section, a particular plant belongs to, in order to know what culture it wants. Then, of course, once you know, you stil have to get it right.

    I sort of got it right with this guy, but now I need to find that sweet spot, so next spring it will bloom all along the cane.

    McJulie

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    cute it looks like Dendrobium pierardii with anosmum color

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    Very pretty! And good job! and dends are definitely difficult to bloom

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