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Will dendrobium spectabile bloom in Manila weather?

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    Question Will dendrobium spectabile bloom in Manila weather?

    Anyone has tried blooming a dendrobium spectabile in the Philippines? Bought it in a bad state from an orchid collector who had apparently got fed up with it. I just took up the challenge and am so far not giving up. Have repotted it into a clay pot with fern tree slabs. Mine has been growing healthy canes but am still waiting for blooms. It's been 3 years.

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    You should try posting a picture of your plant. Most of the time when orchids dont bloom its because they are not getting enought light, have you try increasing the light maybe that will help. Or your dendrobium might need a winter rest in order to bloom and if it doesnt get it then it will just keep on growing but it wont bloom.

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    Are the Den. spectabiles hard to grow? I saw one in a search I was doing and found the nickname goblin orchid. Well, I had to see that and what an interesting flower. After seeing the price of blooming size or NBS, I ordered 3 seedlings. Reading this post makes me wonder if I took on a challenge? Did I?

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    My spectabile gets lots of morning sun but is shaded by noontime and the whole afternoon by the fruit trees in the garden. But thanks for giving me ideas on what may be preventing it from blooming. Does watering in any way affect an orchid's ability to flower?

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    I have done some research and i found that this den. is a warm grower and they like lots of light (cattleya light). They can take more light if air circulation and humidity is high. In winter dont let the temperatures drop below 60 degrees, humidity needs to be about 50% or higher. Also if your feeding it too much the plant will have to get really big before blooming but if you cut off the fertilizing during the fall, your plant will most likely bloom during the spring. It needs to be at leas 12" tall before it can bloom. They are also heavy drinkers so make sure it gets plenty of water but it has a really good draining medium with alot of circulation, water every time the medium approaches dryness but not dont let it dry out. This is all i could find i hope if help, maybe someone with more experience can help you and correct me if i'm wrong. GOod Luck

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    Raver, so kind of you to spend time to help me out. Will keep you posted

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