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This is a discussion on Dendrobium nobile newbie within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Thanks, ang, as well... So now that one of my nobiles is budding, I will ...

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    Thanks, ang, as well...

    So now that one of my nobiles is budding, I will water that one, but not its fellow beside it without blossoms, at least until it too, sets some blossoms. Is it unusual to have one bud and the one beside it taking its time, under the exact same conditions? And do buds appear at various stalks at various times, or do all buds of one flowering happen at the exact time? That is, should I expect further blossoms from this flowering, on this plant?

    I will withhold fertilizer until after the flowers, at some point when we are supposed to. Not sure when that will be , but I gather not now.

    BTW, I did not expect the flowers on this one so soon. Is that early? It was smack dab on the winter solstice, just as the light is turning but before the coldest part of winter yet to come.

    Thanks again to all, happy solstice/christmas/hannukah, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyGD99 View Post
    Thanks, ang, as well...

    do buds appear at various stalks at various times, or do all buds of one flowering happen at the exact time? Thanks again to all, happy solstice/christmas/hannukah, etc.
    Buds and flowers appear as and when the node concerned is sufficiently ripe ; to get a lot to flower at once you need to hold them back,i.e. keep the plant too cool and dry for much development to occur, then when you take it into the warm and give a little water, all the ones which are ready will flower ( more or less) together. The ones which don't flower this year, will/may flower next year. But its not unusual for flowers to come at any time of the year, especially if the plant is not in sync with distinct seasons .

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Size:  69.6 KBMy dend. nobile "Nagasaki" has bloomed. Its fellow "Sailor Boy" is not yet inspired to do so, despite identical conditions (beside each other on the windowsill).

    I have moved the Nagasaki away from the window during the bloom, thinking it might prolong the bloom. Also, the windowsill isn't terribly convenient for viewing.

    When do I begin watering? I gather it may bloom several times. And when do I fertilize? And is this "GrowMore premium orchid food, a bloom formula 6.30.30" the right fertilizer when I do?

    Thanks again, all.

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    Hi all,
    Since last report, no flowering on my second dend nob., and the first one is of course no longer in bloom. I have been following the minimal watering schedule, but how do you know when they are out of flowering mode and I should begin regular watering, or perhaps even fertilizer? Is the absence of flowers indication that flowering is over for a while?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyGD99 View Post
    Hi all,
    Since last report, no flowering on my second dend nob., and the first one is of course no longer in bloom. I have been following the minimal watering schedule, but how do you know when they are out of flowering mode and I should begin regular watering, or perhaps even fertilizer? Is the absence of flowers indication that flowering is over for a while?
    Watch the base of the plant - look out for the new growth emerging. By the time it is an inch high you will see he new roots sprding out. Water sparingly at that stage, but increase with the growth. By the time the growth is 6 inches high and growing fast ( if everything else is right) you can give a lot of water , even dunk the plant every few days..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    Watch the base of the plant - look out for the new growth emerging. By the time it is an inch high you will see he new roots sprding out. Water sparingly at that stage, but increase with the growth. By the time the growth is 6 inches high and growing fast ( if everything else is right) you can give a lot of water , even dunk the plant every few days..
    Thanks, Dorset.

    Would I also fertilize then? And I've heard about 2nd blooms (first in one case)-- is there any rhyme or reason? Does the plant need a second dormancy period for a second bloom?

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