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New Dendrobium

This is a discussion on New Dendrobium within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I purchased my first dendrobium several days ago from the clearance rack of a local ...

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    I purchased my first dendrobium several days ago from the clearance rack of a local store (I mostly have phals.) The flower spikes had broken off (no big deal) but the leaves were a lighter green than other dendrobiums in the store.

    I've read the culture sheet, and I think I'm doing this right but wanted to make sure.

    It's a May Neal x Madame Uraiwan...I have it out on my mostly north-facing balcony which is pretty bright and received maybe 2 hours of evening sun. I'm in VA so humidity is definately not an issue, and the temp has been in the high 80's/low 90's. It's potted in sphagnum moss and was REALLY dry when I brought it home. I watered it well, then a day or two later I watered it again with 1/2 strength fertilizer.

    The leaves haven't gotten any darker, and one of them has now fallen off. Is there anything that I should be doing differently? I knew when I bought it there was a chance it wouldn't make it, but I couldn't pass it up for $3.

    Thanks in advance!
    Christine

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    I think outside is a great location for it. Being outside it will get the light it needs (more light than indoors) and it will also get the day/night temp differentiations that are required for blooming. Dends can handle very strong light (I'm not the expert dend grower but I am trying and looking for mini/compact ones)

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    Christine, if the leaves are not getting darker, then most likely the orchid is getting the sunlight it needs. Dends like higher light levels as Fren noted. If you have not done so, give the roots a look. If it is potted in sphag, then it might need to be repotted into something that will allow the water to drain out of the pot better. If the leaves are yellow, this could be from too much water and root rot. For the most part, dends do better when their medium almost completely drys-out between waterings. If you want the foliage to be darker green, put the plant into a shaded area and the foliage will grow-in darker, but the dend will not bloom in that condition. My advice: 1. Re-pot in some medium that drains well. 2. Water and feed on a regular schedule 3. Give it lots of light as you are doing

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    Thanks for the input. I repotted with a bark medium instead of the sphagnum that was in there (which was extremely wet and rotten in some sections.) A couple of the leaves were starting to yellow...if the problem was over-watering and that's corrected, will they go back to green or just fall off?

    Thanks again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisypoo View Post
    Thanks for the input. I repotted with a bark medium instead of the sphagnum that was in there (which was extremely wet and rotten in some sections.) A couple of the leaves were starting to yellow...if the problem was over-watering and that's corrected, will they go back to green or just fall off?

    Thanks again!
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    Glad to help. No, they will not go back to green. They will fall off and new leaves will grow.

    Cheers,
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