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when and how to get bloom?

This is a discussion on when and how to get bloom? within the Dendrobium Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; Hey yall, im posting an update of my dendro phal im guessing from what i ...

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    Hey yall, im posting an update of my dendro phal im guessing from what i have looked up and have been reading about for months... but just wanting to see if anyone can tell by the pics of my denrobium what it is doing and if it looks healthy> and maybe what kind or hybrid maybe it is. it has been 2 years i have had it now and all it does is grow. it is on its 3rd cane since i have had it. my mom bought it for me one day at a lil nursery after it was already bloomed and spikes had already been cut. so i have never seen the flowers or anything. anyways just wanting some opinions and advice if possible.
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    Your dendrobium looks nice and green. You may want to increase the sunlight alot. I had been growing my dens on my porch and got no blooms. I change their location last fall, to a side of my home that gets almost full sun. They only get shade when the sun is directly overhead. They burned at first, but then the new growths adapted and I got tons of flowers. I have to say, I am also being more careful about how often I fertilize as well. I am using more fertilizer...and varied kinds. With the dens, vandas and other heavy feeders; I use a fish emulsion every couple months as well. I've been known to actually add tomotoe plant fertilizer, rose bush fertilizers, african violet food...dish detergent, egg shells...whatever strikes my fancy, to make sure my plants get a varied "feeding". The only thing that is a constant...keep it weak. You will see burns on the tips of your oncidiums if they get too much fertilizer...some plants will die from too much. I hear some even use the water from their fish aquariums (not salt water tanks). But having said all that about fertilizers...really, sun is the main thing for blooms.

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    I agree with Connie, increase the sunlight. Almost always it is a light issue when everything else is correct on an orchid and it is still not blooming. Good luck.

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    ok great, I have it in direct sun for about 5 solid hours of the day starting last week... the leaves did get a lil sun it looks like and was thinking it just needs to get use to it. someone else also told me they need lots of sun to the point of a lil burn almost. if I am doing that should I water daily? I do most of the hot days which is everyday here in TX yall know that though lol. and i feed about every other watering pretty light. but not exactly sure what fertilizer is best for it. I think I pretty much use an all purpose water soluble food. for orchids. and for my cymbidium too but I know I can never get that one to bloom.... its to hot here.

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    If your plant is outdoors, and getting lots of sun; you can water every two or three days. Just make sure the middle of the potting medium is airy enough to handle regular watering. And back off if the roots start looking iffy. In fact, you just reminded me I forgot to water my dendrobiums on the side of the house this morning....lol...thanks.

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    hi after flowering all the leaves starts to yellow and fall off. any suggestions

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    Most phalananthe dendrobium has very long cane, over 12" tall. So depending on the hybrid you got, it may or maynot be mature enought to bloom. Judging from the leaf it's probably the mid size type, so if the cane is at least a foot long and not blooming, increase the light to Vanda level. The leaf should have purple tinge and they usually spike during fall in our climate. And they like heat and humidity.

    @ Shanti: If the night time temperature is below 18'C, the leaf will turn yellow and fall prematurely. They are true tropical orchid. Also check the roots, as this type like to be really really pot bounded. The leaf should stay on the cane for at least 2-3 season for this type.

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    ok to all that had wrote me... i have been bringing my dendrobium in at night for the last 2 weeks almost. and now, i think it is about to spike. i have never done this but fill like i am a pro lol... i just want to know if it is a spike about to emerge out of the top of the cane. do i still need to have it in direct sun during the day or what? and should i still be bringing it in and watering fertilizeing and everything the same? and its weird because its the newest cane that has grew this year and is the one about to do its thing.. could that be from my plant getting mature? also the last cane that started to grow never finished growing a cane. its just kind of a half cane, not even lol. anyways just a lil happy to see the lil double leaf from what it appears coming from my dendro i have been waiting 2 years now.. and dont even know what kind i have. so any help would be luved

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    Congrats! Yes spikes come from the top, just keep up what you have been doing. If it is happy enough to spike with it's current care, it will bloom with the same. I'll be watching to see it in bloom...

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    How long does it take from spike to open blooms?

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