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undefined You may not realize it, but the dendrobium is the second largest genus in the Orchidaceae family. (The largest is Bulbophyllum, with more than 2,000 species).

The Dendrobium family has more than 1,000 species divided into several sections and subsections. They vary in size, bloom color, appearance, and growing requirements. These beautiful orchids are often sought after for their appealing look. Let’s take a closer at the Dendrobium Orchid.

Temperature

Dendrobium orchids thrive under many different temperatures and light combinations. The recommended temperature range is 50 to 90 degrees F. As far as humidity is concerned, a relative humidity of 50 to 60 percent is optimal.

Light

Direct filtered sun is essential for the Dendrobium Orchid. Providing 30 to 70 percent shade during midday is recommended. Bright light will encourage flowering. Artificial lights can be used, however, we don’t recommend it.

Watering

Thoroughly soak the potting medium, then allow it to dry before watering again. Watering twice a week is generally enough. In the winter, you may need to reduce the watering frequency if the plants take longer to dry.

What to Look Out For

Spider mites may pose as a problem for Dendorobium Orchids. These occur in the early summer. Check the undersides of leaves. Snails can also cause damage to these type of flowers, so it is important to check them on a regular basis.

Potting Requirements

The Dendrobium Orchid should be repotted every year and half to two years or once the canes have begun to overgrow the pot. They should also be repotted once the potting medium no longer drains properly. Only repot the orchid after it has bloomed. Before repotting, always trim away the damaged roots with a sterile cutting tool.

  Posted: Wed Nov 2nd 2016 2:33pm  5 years ago

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