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Dendrobium kikis

This is a discussion on Dendrobium kikis within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton Not saying Den. 's should not be mounted Monica. ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton View Post
    Not saying Den. 's should not be mounted Monica. Just saying know your enemy. The larger plants with upright, rigid growth are just too impractical unless you have somewhere permanent for them to reside.
    I think he means like this:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    Personally, I put most Dendrobium keikis into very coarse Perlite - the best one can get get here in UK is nominally 0-6mm size, but I either sieve it, with a 4mm mesh, keeping the largest particles, or put it in a bucket of water, and keep pushjng it down ; the larger particles float, and the dust sinks. Then I use the Perlite, pot in the ordinary way, and top with horticultural grit to keep it neat and tidy, and provide some weight. Then grow in S/H , i.e. stand the pot in 1/2inch of water. Quite a few things will flower within a year on that first cane, when quite small.

    I was amused by Chris's D.speciosum story . 5 ft tall and weighing 10 lb - yes I have seen pics of them that big ( and much bigger too ) in Australia. But over here, it is rare to see one in flower at all, and even then, bulbs the size of a cucumber - say 10 inches or a bit more, and a couple of inch diameter, would be about the largest seen. Our climate and weather of course !
    Geoff, when you say "stand the pot in 1/2" of water" do you mean keeping that topped off so it is almost permanent? Been dying to try that with a few Den. The tallest spectabile I've seen here is about 3'.

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    quote "Personally, I put most Dendrobium keikis into very coarse Perlite "unquote

    I've been using coarse Perlite for a couple of years now, and as you know by now I've been saying that it rains almost daily here in Kauai.

    The downside to that is that any medium that consists of wood ie: bark breaks down too fast and is quickly followed by mold, mildew and fungus. I've lost several Cattleyas because of this so I switched.

    The beauty of it is that it's almost impossible to over water, no ants making their nests into the medium, no snails, slugs and or centipedes. Best of all no more mold and fungus.

    The downside is that it dries too fast on windy days, so I have to constantly monitor.

    I buy the large bags and I use a 39 gallon garbage can where I dump the whole thing in, fill it with water and swish it around. This sinks the small dust particles which you don't want to breath. It's my potting soil for most everything except Phals.

    My potting method: 8" Clay pot, 1" gravel a the bottom, fill it with coarse perlite to about 1 1/2" from the top, and top it off with either small lava rocks or pea gravel to keep the wind from blowing off the perlite.

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