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Anyone know what this might look like?

This is a discussion on Anyone know what this might look like? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I was wondering what a Dendrobium Burana Pear might look like. Any hopes it *might* ...

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    Default Anyone know what this might look like?

    I was wondering what a Dendrobium Burana Pear might look like. Any hopes it *might* have a green (ish) flower?

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    Haven't heard of that one, but, given the name, (pear), greenish yellow sounds totally plausible.....

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    That is what I was thinking also. I couldn't find one pic of it.

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    Do you have one and are wondering what the blooms will look like, or are you thinking of getting one?

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    I got one. I did it and I hope it looks nice. YES I did buy it from one of *those* places , and it was only 5 bucks. BUT, the roots look very healthy and there are 3 new growths. I'm hoping next year I will se a flower.

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    LOL! For five bucks, you can hardly go wrong....

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    I'm glad I didn't get my hand slapped If it didn't look even 75% alive, I wouldn't have bought it. Now I need to educate myself on this plant. The leaves fall off once a year...is that correct? Do leaves fall off/ yellow on old pseudobulbs? I know some orch's are evergreens, but do they eventually lose some leaves?

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    Oy...

    Wait till Brutal hears about this....

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    Ok OT:

    The leaves fall off once a year...is that correct?
    That's too cut and dried. The leaves won't do that on a regular basis. On healthy plants, the leaves can last a couple of years or more.

    Do leaves fall off/ yellow on old pseudobulbs?
    Yes, absolutely. And it's nothing to worry about when it happens. On healthy plants. When leaves begin to yellow and die off on old canes, it's a signal that the plant is about to sprout new growth or begin putting out spikes for blooming. They use the nutrients stored up to help start their new process. Old canes will die off themselves, turn yellow and brown and ugly, often within a month's time. Compare that time to the months and months the plant did absolutely nothing during its rest period, and it's real easy to see why people freak when all of a sudden the plant looks like it's actively going "downhill." It's not going downhill. It's getting ready for a new output of energy. Think of the old canes as batteries: they put out their energy for new growth / flowers, but they get depleted and worn out in the process. .They cannot be recharged: so watering watering watering when they start to go yellow will only end up killing the plant.

    I know some orch's are evergreens, but do they eventually lose some leaves?
    ALL orchids lose leaves. Even the monopodials, like Phals and Vandas. They store their energy in leaves and roots, so on healthy plants, when a leaf or two goes, it means the plant is getting ready to put out something new.

    What you want to watch out for is when leaves shrivel, canes die, and blossoms go all at the same time. If that happens, you're not growing the plant properly (more than likely overwatering) and the plant is on its way out.

    You have a good amount of light now. The Dendro will need sun in the early mornings and the late afternoons to thrive and bloom. (Midday sun, now that it's spring / summer, will burn it, so keep it shaded during that part of the day.)

    Next year, I want to hear that this thing bloomed for you!


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    You DID what??? OM! Good luck. You know what I always say about plants from *those* places..."Keep 'm away from your healthy plants, repot ASAP, and keep your eyes open for residents living in or on!"

    Cheers!
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