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The Mystery Green Dendrobium - more questions

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    Default The Mystery Green Dendrobium - more questions

    I posted a couple of photos of this when I first joined, but I have a few more questions now and was hoping y'all could help me again.

    This green dendrobium is really more chartreuse than green, by the way. When I first posted, catttan kindly identified it as an evergreen den, perhaps "Den Hiang Beauty" or "Den Kouchi's Pride x Odom's Canary Diamond." I've read all the posts and articles I can about id'ing dendrobia, but I'm wondering if, as seems more the case than not, this is a cross of some sort, should I be adjusting the light, air, water, etc?
    One reason I ask - other than feeling sorry for the poor confused anonymous thing - is that, as posted below, it has 2 spikes coming from the one healthy-looking and largest cane. Of all 3 canes, this is the only one with leaves, never mind spikes. Can anyone tell if the other 2 are healthy? Will they ever put out growth, and if so, when?

    It's still in lovely shape, but has turned the corner and is on its way out, so I'm starting to focus on post-blooming stuff.
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    Older pseudobulbs (canes) will never have leaves or flowers again and will eventually die back naturally. There doesn't appear to be anything wrong with yours. While they are still there they give the plant some additional ability to store water and nutrients, so don't remove them until they are noticably yellow and shrivelling up. New growth will come from the base of the plant to form new pseudobulbs.

    This is definitely a hybrid, and you will never be able to make a precise identification because there are dozens or hundreds of hybrids of similar appearance. You should be able to find cultural instructions for Dendrobiums of section Spatulata (antelope type) and section Phalaenanthe (phalaenopsis type). This type of hybrid comes primarily from those sections, and should be pretty easy to care for.

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    As Kirk says these old pseudo bulbs will not produce any more new leaves. Their main purpose is as storage of nutrients and water and also as a backup for new growth(keiki) in case something happens to the newer pseudobulbs. It not uncommon for these back bulbs to produce flower spikes and even keikis from the upper portion of the pseudobulbs, at the nodes. So I wouldn't cut them off even though they may look unattractive.

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    Nice information from Kirk and Yew Sung. Thanks guys!!

    cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Nice information from Kirk and Yew Sung. Thanks guys!!

    cheers,
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    Yes, indeed - thanks, y'all - and watch out because I have about 5 new plants - and, as always, after I read all the posts and articles I can concerning each of them, I will post my many requests for your advice and wisdom!

    Off on errands -

    Maura

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    Maura, those are really, really pretty flowers. I'll bet you just love them, NOID or not!

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