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noid dendrobium

This is a discussion on noid dendrobium within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I just picked this little beauty up yesterday while I was out and about... ok ...

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    Question noid dendrobium

    I just picked this little beauty up yesterday while I was out and about... ok I lied..I made a special detour to the local nursery just to see what they have there

    I'm not sure exactly what this is.. all I got from them was "it's a Dendrobium"
    The chid stands about 5" tall (not including the spike) and the flower is about 4cm wide. Upon searching through images via google, Dendrobium bigibbum var. compactum might fit the bill (is this even the right term to use?) I think it can also go by the name of Dendrobium phalaenopsis?

    I found the following care info (from anther site) for Dend. phal which states:
    These plants are evergreen and do not require a rest period as some dendrobiums do. They should be watered as they approach dryness. This can vary from 2 to 5 days, depending on humidity, air movement and the amount of light they receive.

    But my Orchid for dummies book says:
    "It requires a modest drying-off period during the winter and early spring to promote flowering"

    So as you can probably tell already... I'm

    Please let me know which is right lol. Well they are already flowering so can I go w/ the first choice?
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    Seemingly always available in the grocery stores up here, these hardy Den. phal's got me started. I see you re-potted. My experience is these really like being root bound. A grower's tag (not a name tag) are sometimes found in these. One is in mine that I bought abt. 6 mo. ago. "Light: very bright filtered light, early morning and late afternoon direct light okay. Feed: full strength balanced liquid feed every other watering. Water: allow mix to get almost completely dry between waterings, then water throughly"
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    Thanks for the info Joe! The original potting medium weren't looking too good when I got it and I was checking for root rots and such, so I thought I switch it out while I am at it. The pot size is about the same (except the mine's base is about 1/4" larger). There weren't any tags that came with the chid, but I'm putting one up now

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    Hi, Jim. I re-potted one of mine large and one like you, slightly over. The large is not doing as well as the one I potted slightly larger. They are nice aren't they. I really like them. Joe

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    very nice! It appears to be Dend bigibbum var compactum. I think it looks over potted. They like their roots fairly tight

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    for the help guys!

    I actually switched it from the 4" pot to the 3" one (since I got one sitting around) after thinking about what Joe had said in his first post... so I hope this chid will be happy .. We'll see how it goes

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    Quote Originally Posted by oc-jim View Post
    for the help guys!

    I actually switched it from the 4" pot to the 3" one (since I got one sitting around) after thinking about what Joe had said in his first post... so I hope this chid will be happy .. We'll see how it goes
    I think it will grow better for you this way. Best of luck to you!

    Cheers,
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