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Dendrobium Red Empress

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    I am very new to this forum and I am still learning how to use it. I just bought two Nobile Dendrobium, Dendrobium Red Empress "Fly Hirundine" that have finished blooming. They were marked down to $4.00 each. I do not know how to take care of them. I know that I always trim the flower shoot down after it finishes blooming on my other orchids, but this one is so different. As you can tell, I am new to growing orchids and I need a lot of advice. I think this orchid will loose all of its leaves and be dormate for a while, but I am not sure about that. Can you tell me what I should do at this point? Thanks, Pinkdaybreak

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    Borrowed this info from C and H.

    When the new growth begins in the spring, these dendrobiums like to have an increase in water and fertilizer. Culture during spring and summer is similar to phalaenopsis, with reduced light, increased water, and fertilizer every two weeks (1 teaspoon per gallon of water soluble fertilizer). In the fall, cultural needs change drastically. Bright light, cooler temperatures, and no fertilizer will help to initiate flower buds. Water normally so that the bulbs do not shrivel. Buds will appear when the night temperatures are cooler and the growths have fully matured. This is usually in mid-winter, with blooms opening in January and February.

    When these plants are grown in the home, we recommend that they be placed outside in the fall to benefit from the cooler temperatures at night and brought inside just before the onset of freezing weather. They then need to be put into a relatively cool location (such as an unheated room or an enclosed porch) until buds start to form.

    Do not overpot the plants. They like to be root-bound and do well in relatively small pots. Clay pots suit them well, as does regular seedling bark mixture or osmunda. Some growers also use long-fibered sphagnum moss for these dendrobiums.

    Keikis or off-shoots may form on the stems, and these may be potted as new plants when they start to form roots. If plants produce all keikis and no blooms, too much fertilizer and temperatures too warm at night are usually to blame.

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    I don't have these dendrobiums but I sure do appreciate the lesson on how to grow them. Great info! Thanks Ron!

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    Hi,

    I don't know a thing about Dends, so can't help you there, although Ron's advice looks very helpful.

    Just wanted to say hello, and


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    Gosh $4 ?! That's a steal! Take good care of them!
    Ron, thanks for the info!

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    Glad I found this post! I just picked up a D. Nobile that was also finished blooming and wasn't exactly sure what to do with it. Thanks Ron!

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    your welcome Beau!


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