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Dendrobium Now in Spike. What to do?

This is a discussion on Dendrobium Now in Spike. What to do? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; First my apologies for my ignorance of scientific orchid nomenclature. I do have questions but ...

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    Default Dendrobium Now in Spike. What to do?

    First my apologies for my ignorance of scientific orchid nomenclature. I do have questions but a little History first. I have owned this guy for approx 8 yrs. He was in bloom when I bought him and in the following year despite my ignorance of the dens growth cycle I did succeed in a rebloom. Then 5 years of nothing but stem and leaf growth. I divided the plant and now have 2. Still no bloom. Last year I put them out side for the summer in a shaded area, still no bloom. This summer I acclimatized them in shade and then put them in full sun (southern exp). Both plants produced new canes and leaves. Now the mother plant has 2 flower spikes coming out of the top of the cane ( I believe I have a hard cane variety). My question is what type of dens do I have? Do I put the plant into its dry out cycle at the end of Oct despite the fact that I have flower spikes or do I keep watering until the flowers appear? Thanks in advance for helpful suggestions. I am going to try and download 2 pics from PhotoBucket. B
    Well, after multiple tries at cropping both on my computer and in PB I have been unable to size my 2 pics to suit the site requirements. My dens can remain unnamed but I would like to know about the watering.

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    Without a picture it is hard to tell what type of den you have. What I usually do is google dendrobium orchids and look at the images until you find one that looks like yours. I have identified several of mine this way. Once you find the type just google the cultural requirements. Dens do like a lot of light. I live in Florida so my dens spend most of the year outside. In summer they have a very course shade cover over them but at this time of year they enjoy full sun.

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    Congratulations on the the 2 spikes from your dendrobiums. At least you've IDed it as a hard cane type. We'll just have to wait for the flowers to help in trying to further ID it. If it is a hard cane type you should continue with your regular watering routine. BTW I'm very tech-challenged but I find 'Using the Boards' under Orchid Forums very helpful in resizing your photos. Just remember to resize to not more 700 pixels along the longest side of your photo.

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    Thank you both for your helpful suggestions. I will make a second try at taking pictures and sizing them. I will also keep watering the mother plant which is in spike. Winter is coming on up here but I am still keeping these 2 guys outside while keeping an eye on the weather forecast. The 2 spikes are growing right out of the top of the 2 canes. I have seen pics of other dens where the flowers appear to be coming out of the sides of the canes. These are totally different, 6 years of leaf and cane growth is a long time. Full sun on a south face has finally done the trick though. I have also bloomed a miniature Cat which was also put in the same location.

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