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Dendrobium Orchid - ID and care?

This is a discussion on Dendrobium Orchid - ID and care? within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Today I bought a Dendrobium. I have no experience with dendrobiums and would like some ...

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    Today I bought a Dendrobium. I have no experience with dendrobiums and would like some advice. The plant is in a very flimsy plastic "pot" filled with soggy moss. I feel like repotting it right away after the flowers drop. Is that when it's dormancy is supposed to begin?

    Any suggestions would be welcome. What should I do with it? What potting mix should I use? What type of Dendrobium is it?

    Thanks in advance. Please excuse the mug holding it in the pictures, I am currently out of small pots

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    Hi,

    This looks to me like a Dend.phalaenopsis variety. does not look like a deciduous one. you could repot it as soon as the flowers drop.

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    I agree with Ksriramkumar.

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    Thanks! It's off to repot-land soon

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    I think that your orchid is a soft cane Dendrobium nobile (S.E. Asia) If you follow the link to the Orchid species site, you'll find a photograph.

    IOSPE PHOTOS

    I scrolled down to Den. phalanopsis to see a photo of that, but was directed to Dendrobium bigibbum which is a Queensland, Australia (also found in Papua -New Guinea) orchid

    (common name "The Cooktown Orchid)

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    (I tried to post pictures, but I think the photos exceed the 700 limit.)

    Hope this helps.

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    Hi Val72 definitely hard cane look at the leaves typical for the hard cane either from your country or from PNG. The soft cane dendrobium the leaves is so delicate and the spike usually very short.

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    Thanks, zain. I'll do more research next time.

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    As for the potting medium, I'd be throwing the soggy moss stuff fair out the window. Dendrobiums mostly like a nice coarse potting mix so their roots can begin drying out as soon as the watering has stopped. If you keep them too moist they'll be dead and buried in no time. So, coarse potting mixture and a good bit of sunlight should keep it happy. Water it very sparingly while it's dormant (twice a week is heaps), then gradually increase the frequency when you notice new growth. The key is to always let the medium dry out between waterings. As for fertilizer, it seems a common adage is 'weakly, weekly', during the growth and flowering period. I.d.? Who knows... It's probably a hybrid of hybrids from hybrids, with bigibbum in the parentage somewhere. HA, I challenge anyone to be vaguer than that!

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