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Moving a blooming Dendrobium nobile?

This is a discussion on Moving a blooming Dendrobium nobile? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; My Dendrobium nobile hybrid "Sweet Pinky Love" has two large buds and is starting to ...

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    DManley is offline Junior Member
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    Default Moving a blooming Dendrobium nobile?

    My Dendrobium nobile hybrid "Sweet Pinky Love" has two large buds and is starting to open. I know these orchids are sensitive to being relocated while in bud, but is there a point where it is safe to move them? Mine is against a window and the buds are facing straight at the window where nobody can see them. I would like to spin it around for a few photos and even set it on the table so we can enjoy it. I know with some of the plants, once the blooms open, they are less likely to blast.

    Also, I have only rested this orchid for a few weeks, and it put buds on way before I thought it should have. I bought it in the fall and stopped fertilizers rigtht away. It has been in a slightly cooler location and gets only water to prevent drying out. (House is dry enough that I can't completely withold water) It put out two buds a few weeks ago. I was expecting dormancy, leaves falling off, and all of that stuff. One leaf fell off, and then the buds appeared. What should I do afterthe blooms? Should I just try to rest it next winter, or will going through a growth cycle this summer probably kill it. It is a large, established plant. Pics will follow as soon as I can move it.

    Thanks for all of the help,
    Dave

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    Nobile Dendrobium will take a lot of abuse.

    I handle a 1000 or more each year and will re-pot while they are in bloom without any fear of bud lose.

    You do not have much to fear in moving it.

    I am surprised that you have only 2 buds on a large plant. My 4 inch pots are producing 30-40 flowers. Did you stop fertilizer after August? Too much (any amount can be too much for a Nobile) nitrogen will prevent the growth of flowers. The Nitrogen causes growth especially keiki growth at the expense of flowers.
    Last edited by Brutal_Dreamer; December 23rd, 2010 at 09:27 AM. Reason: vendor link removed - See FAQs on posting

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    DManley is offline Junior Member
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    Thanks Jerry,
    I bought the plant around Late September or maybe early October. I never fertilized it, just water. It was also shipped across the country. I don't know if the seller had fertilized it after August or not. The plant looks pretty healthy. I will be posting a picture of it tomorrow.

    Thanks again,
    Dave

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    Orchids of Mallard Bay is offline Junior Member
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    Default Too cold for Orchids

    Hello all,

    It was way too cold to keep my little greenhouse warm this past week and I had to travel for several days. So, I brought all my lovlies into the kitchen...boy did they hate it....I had over 50 stems in bud and the leaves started to yellow. Today an HVAC company gave me estimates to install better heating to handle lower winter temps. Now that night temps are up, so I plan to move them back into the greenhouse. These are mostly Phals, Cats, Denrobs...do you suppose the buds will fall off as a result of the move?

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