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Help with my softcane Dendrobiums?

This is a discussion on Help with my softcane Dendrobiums? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Thanks Matt for your input. I have a lot to look forward to this year ...

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    Thanks Matt for your input. I have a lot to look forward to this year (Happy New Year to you), starting with the bloom booster on these dends. Interesting regarding the Tomorite, we don't have that here in Oz. but we have other tomato ferts, I must look up their fert. breakdown, and see how that compares to a bloom booster. Someone else also mentioned the tomato fert. on this website also, some time ago.
    As I have a mix of orchids, ranging from Vandas, Cats. and their alliances, Dends. (soft and hard), Oncidiums, Tolumnias, Ascocendas, Coelognes, Cymbidiums.
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    Adorable botanical gardens of your own rosie. I adore viewing growers grow areas. Very curious what is the plant 2nd photo down on trellis frame far left with the big bold robust stems and apple green leaves. Quite a beauty in its shape and form! I would certainly reduce your fertiliser applications by halving the doses now that you have given them all a good start, very healthy and strong! Less is definetly better, let them enjoy the full colour spectrum of the sun abit more, but not direct ofcourse - orchid bbq! Red tinting to leaves will indicate sufficient exposure as will a lighter apple green rather than dark. You have laid the foundations for a good display for you this year- fingers crossed!
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    Thank you Matt for your favourable comments. I hope I am on the right track regarding orchid care. The orchid in question on the trellis, is a Myrmecophila (formerly Schombergia) Thomsoniana. This is called the Wild Banana Orchid, indemic to the Cayman Islands (google it, v. interesting).
    Have a great 2012 Matt.

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    I have found an orchid bloomer fertilizer, the NPK ratio is 9 - 6 - 27, this is good isn't it for dends. now. I believe, the time for low nitrogen fert. is from Dec. to March for the softcane dends. here in Australia, to prepare them for their flowering season middle of the year.
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    It is a very interesting question this ; if you consider cymbidiums growing in UK, and flowering from say January-March , then their flower buds are initiated and start to develop ( out of sight) the previous June. Soif you want to use high potash (K) fertiliser "for blooms" - do you use it in June or January ? The new growths develop after the flowers, say from March onwards, and the idea is to use high nitrogen (N) at that time, so what do you use in June ?
    I ask the questions ; I don't know the answers. Some years ago I did a consulatncy job for a UK (orchid) fertiliser manufacturer, and aprt from an agreed fee I got a present of 20 gallons each of hydroponic "grow" and "bloom" concentrates. The plastic barrels stand outside my greenhouse and I draw off a quart or so at a time to keep inside the greenhouse, and since the labels have now grown illegible with time, I don't know which I am using , and I alternate... I also supplement with Calcium nitrate - since it is not clear to me whether the supply I have was formulated for rain water or some notional ground water , ditto Magnesium sulphate, and frequently add in a dash of a sea-weed based garden fertiliser said to be high in trace elements . I also , and alternately, usea mix similar to the one devised by oneof the US universities (Mass. ? Minne ? ) which is NPK 13/3/15 + 11CaO + 3MgO - which is nice;ly pH buffered and needs no adjustment in that direction with my rain water.

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    Love it, very neat

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    Thumbs up Updated photos on my Dendrobiums 8 months ago.

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    I have tried to stage the same dends. in the exact picture taken 8 months ago. What a difference, holding off of fertilizing and limiting water. The Shinonomes are in bloom. I have to adjust the stake in the orange pot. Too high.

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    Excellent! I guess it worked. I have my first Dendrobium -spectabile- now so it was good to read about your efforts and see that they finally paid off. I have just noticed a crown of roots -quoting Geoff here- on my newest cane and I wonder if that is a good thing as it means that I must be doing something right? Do I need to stop fertilising anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Susie11 View Post
    Excellent! I guess it worked. I have my first Dendrobium -spectabile- now so it was good to read about your efforts and see that they finally paid off. I have just noticed a crown of roots -quoting Geoff here- on my newest cane and I wonder if that is a good thing as it means that I must be doing something right? Do I need to stop fertilising anyone?
    You have a crown of new roots, and you wonder if that is ood ? Seriously ? Can a duck swim ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    You have a crown of new roots, and you wonder if that is ood ? Seriously ? Can a duck swim ?
    Ha ha. Ducks are very capable swimmers I believe I guess that it is happy then? I was concerned about lack of light, I know this one needs alot so I have it under a 4000k bulb. I am new to these so I wanted to be sure -really sure- that I was doing the right thing. Thanks Geoff.

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