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Dendrobium question!

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    Hi ,
    I'm just wondering, how long will it take for a tiny stalk on a dendrobium to be mature and bloom? I've discovered a 1-inch-long little stalk coming up from the bottom of a cane. I'm so excited (finally something happens to my orchids...).

    It's the cane dend with one long spike of flowers, to be more specific.

    Thanks from an orchid newbie,

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    Depending on your growing conditions, it may take from 4 to 8 months before a new growth matures enough to spike. To make the wait as short as possible, give your dendrobium bright light with direct sun in the early mornings and evenings (no direct sun midday or the leaves will burn), let the roots of the plant dry off between waterings, and fertilize weekly with a 1/4 to 1/3 normal strength fertilizer solution.

    Glad something finally decided to happen! (It's very encouraging when an orchid decides to come out of what seems like suspended animation...)

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    I'm curious as to what happens when a careless grower accidently breaks off a small new growth. Will the plant bloom from an old cane? Or do I have to give it a resting period again and hope for the best..

    Originally posted by lja
    Depending on your growing conditions, it may take from 4 to 8 months before a new growth matures enough to spike. To make the wait as short as possible, give your dendrobium bright light with direct sun in the early mornings and evenings (no direct sun midday or the leaves will burn), let the roots of the plant dry off between waterings, and fertilize weekly with a 1/4 to 1/3 normal strength fertilizer solution.

    Glad something finally decided to happen! (It's very encouraging when an orchid decides to come out of what seems like suspended animation...)
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    Traci,

    Unlike many other sympodials, Dends will often rebloom from an old cane--depending on species / type. Some do, some don't. If you break off a new growth and the plant is established (with four or more canes), it will put out another new growth somewhere else in a short amount of time. If the plant is still young, that amount of time may stretch into months. It takes a mature, established plant to put out new growth and bloom at the same time. Most of the US has now entered the growing season so I wouldn't worry about another rest period.

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    Okey dokey

    QUOTE]Originally posted by lja
    Traci,

    Unlike many other sympodials, Dends will often rebloom from an old cane--depending on species / type. Some do, some don't. If you break off a new growth and the plant is established (with four or more canes), it will put out another new growth somewhere else in a short amount of time. If the plant is still young, that amount of time may stretch into months. It takes a mature, established plant to put out new growth and bloom at the same time. Most of the US has now entered the growing season so I wouldn't worry about another rest period.
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