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My first ever Dendrobium - spectacular!!

This is a discussion on My first ever Dendrobium - spectacular!! within the Dendrobium Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; Hi King Kjeldz. CFL means compact florescent lighting. I think my medium will be fine. ...

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    Hi King Kjeldz. CFL means compact florescent lighting. I think my medium will be fine. It is medium bark and it dries out very quickly. If I suspect that my den is suffering I shall repot ASAP! I wonder if it has already bloomed. I can't wait to see them.
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    Dendrobium roots are a little different and can modify to almost any potting medium, or lack thereof. They are great plants. I sat one on top of a pot of dirt to keep it off the ground and when I went to move it there were roots at least seven eight inches down into the dirt and looking healthy. ?? I know, not supposed to but they did. More than likely yours will adapt to your potting style. Can't wait to see your flowers....

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    Lol. I am using a standard mix I think. It recommends using medium bark perlite and charcoal. It is very fast draining. I think that it has already flowered before. I can see blackened nubs at the top of the two tallest canes. Exciting....
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    I have just checked this morning and there are already ten new roots forming!! I guess it likes the medium after all



    I hope that means that it is happy.

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    Looks great! As far as media is concerned, do what works for you. I've had dendrobiums do very well in many different media, even pure sphagnum...I read about a successful grower near me using nothing but sphagnum for cattleya even. That's usually seen as sacrilege, but it goes to show how greatly our conditions differ! Keep us updated.Posted via Mobile Device

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    My new Den is putting out loads of roots along the base of the newest cane. Do I need to do anything different now or should I keep on feeding as normal?
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    I have to agree with Amey about the potting medium you are using. Hope it works well for you.


    Quote Originally Posted by Halloamey View Post
    Very excited for you Susie, the plant looks healthy, but I am a bit worried about the media, it looks too fine almost like regular potting mix for normal garden plants.

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    I'm basing this answer on growing the one I have , the blackened nubs can be future bloom spots also I believe. My plant got several late last summer, 3 turned out to be blooming stalks, but there are still several of the nubs left higher up on the stem, whish I'm hoping are future bloom spots. Mine loves bright light, it is on the border of my vanda area. The blooms are wonderful, long lasting, and have a "honey type" fragrance to them. good luck.

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    ohhh on these current photos i can see the media better...its not so soil looking after all!!! nice roots

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    yeah, the first couple pictures do apear to be potting soil... but the latter ones look like normal small bark mix. should be ok if not retaining too much water. i don't know about the spots on the leaves... but i have almost no experience with dendro plants. i have a kingianum that i bought at a local nursery (they said it was an oncidium, so i don't go by their advice!) that is potted in potting soil. and it seems to be doing ok, and i see it listed as a lithophyte (grows on rock cliffs in hot places in australia). i keep meaning to repot it and forget. but it is doing well, even after i dropped it off my balcony to the ground below and it went splat, it is bouncing back nicely, so i think dendros might be pretty tough little plants. good luck with it!

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