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Hirsute Dendrobium Care question

This is a discussion on Hirsute Dendrobium Care question within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I received two gifts this weekend; one is Dendrobium Anosmum var superbum and the other ...

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    I received two gifts this weekend; one is Dendrobium Anosmum var superbum and the other is a pretty little Phalaenopsis. While talking to the lady at the nursery, she said treat it like my other den's now. I looked online and see most people resume watering February 1st and they follow with fertilizer in March. Mine has multiple buds coming along one of the older canes (the longest cane, which is in bud, is over 32 inches). But the buds are still rather small, maybe 1/8 inch (the longest). I have two more days before evening temps will be above 60 (on the front porch, it's future home) so I have it in my living room window for now. Will being inside mess it up? And do I have the above water and fertilizer information correct so far? The only thing the articles didn't mention was whether to use a balanced fertilizer once it blooms or to use a 30-10-10 type with it. ?? Any takers on this one??
    I found out it is considered "hirsute".....once again, my head is having trouble holding all this stuff! lol Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanx All....I'll include a pic of the gangly dendrobium and the pretty little phal and it's proper name.
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    My gangly dendrobium...can't wait to see what the flowers look like!

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    Looking down into the basket you can see the new little growth.

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    Phalaenopsis 'Lady Lip' x Phalaenopsis 'Sogo Cherry'...this little beauty starts out mostly yellow and then after a few days the sepals two front petals begin turning almost pure white. It also has four branches of buds, so this should be in bloom for some time to come.

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    And she is a lady! What a beaut. My anosum blooms every year and I must say I don't follow any strict schedule as far as fertilizer. I use whatever I'm putting on the rest of the chids. Bloom booster every other week and alternate weeks a high Nitrogen fert. I do hold back water and fert starting in Nov and resume when it loses it's leaves. Good luck

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    Hi Connie,

    I stop watering in mid-to late Oct for the Winter. I don't resume until I see the first bud growth just starting. Then I resume watering and fert full force.

    This was the forumla an area pro gave me, but I've only ever achieved a single bloom per cane. So this winter I stuck my plant in my terrarium thinking maybe the higher humidity would stimulate more bud development. It's hard to fertilize during a hard winter rest when you don't water, so I was hoping the humidity would nourish it given the lack of watering.

    I'll let you know how she does!

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    Well good...that means tomorrow when I start moving plants back to the porch I can go ahead and treat it like one of the dens. Thanks!

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    Oh, and I don't believe this is a hirsute Den. "Hirsute" means hairy, and the plants within that sub-section all have short dark hairs along their can. I can't check for certain, because my cat is asleep on top of my Den book.

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    I'm very very new at this type of den and you are probably right. I was doing some online research and one site refers to an Anosmum as being hirsute. S'okay, when the cat moves you can enlighten me. lol I wouldn't want to upset anyones comfy perch....lol. And thanks for the correction, I hate sounding stupid in front of my nursery people. lol

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    Oh, and I don't believe this is a hirsute Den. "Hirsute" means hairy, and the plants within that sub-section all have short dark hairs along their can. I can't check for certain, because my cat is asleep on top of my Den book.

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    Anosmum belongs to the Dendrobium Group not Hirsute Group. I am about to restart watering mine within the next couple of weeks. I suspect my alba will not bloom this spring...I discovered the spot that I put it for a dry rest was under a leak in the greenhouse...sure hope the roots are OK

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    Lol. Just to throw a wench in here - connie, I've been watering my dend all winter and noqw have 4 spikes on my dend. I think bc u are in a warmer climate, growth is always going on and you should be watering 1x a week. People who are in colder places sometimes stop watering, but think about your location before you do that. I've also been using fert all winter bc stuff is always growing with all the sun I get. Your dend may also requure a cool period.
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    Okay....that's good to know. Thanks for all the help! I'm sure I'll have lots more questions; the sales on orchids are everywhere right now. Yikes! Too many orchids, not enough space...

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    I have a Den Adrasta which is an anosmum primary hybrid. My mentor's is rich with blooms each March/April, and she stops watering in Oct, and doesn't resume until the buds just start to form (about now).

    I've done that with my keikei, and I only get a single flower each spring on the old growth, for the last few years.

    This winter I thought more humidity might help bud production, so I moved the plant into my terrarium which has less light (okay during dormancy) but humidity around 50-60%, as opposed to 25-35% in the windows.

    No buds have started yet, but they're due to any day, which is the sign to resume watering. We'll see if the humidity during dormancy helps bud production.

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