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Dendrobium nobile – Flower Buds

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Dendrobium nobile flower buds

Finally, after a long wait, the spikes have revealed their small flower buds. They are green with splash of red. Still cannot imagine what the flowers will look like, green can turn into white. There will be four canes with blooms. I have applied a weak solution of orchid fertiliser for flowering season. It seems that this Dendrobium that I have knows exactly where to grow flowers and where to grow new growths. All the flowers are correctly growing along the canes while the new growths for future canes are growing from the bottom. I saw other people had keikis instead of flowers.

New growths (that are going to be future canes) are growing where they supposed to be:

September 16, 2018:

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Blooming Orchids 2018

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Some of the Cymbidium flower buds have opened, so have with Zygopetalum orchids.

CYMBIDIUM ORCHIDS:

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Orchid Flower Buds

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Cymbidium orchids: Quite a few of the spikes have burst open to reveal plump flower buds. Some other spikes are still quite small.

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Paphiopedilum – Follow Up

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Paphipedilum maudiae 'Alba'. May 18-2018

Slowly the Paphiopedilum orchid flower bud is starting to open. What a peculiar orchid indeed, complete with a pouch lip, hairs, stripes and warts. Apparently it was an old hybrid and the proper name is Paphiopedilum maudiae “Alba’, though some call it P. maudiae green.   More

Paphiopedilum Orchid

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Paphiopedilum maudiae - Ready to open 14-05-2018.jpg

It is said that there are two types of Paphiopedilum orchids (common names: Aphrodite Sandal, Lady Slipper). The ones with all green foliage are the cool growing ones that can stay under the shade outdoor. While the ones with mottled leaves need warmer environment, and here in Melbourne will be perfect to grow in well lit room indoor.

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Dendrobium nobile Resting Time – Small Nubs

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Den nobile - Little Nubs

Just a quick note on the Dendrobium nobile. As it is closer to winter time here in Melbourne, the temperature is getting much cooler lately. I moved the Dendrobium nobile under cover in the back veranda. During the warmer months it stayed out in the open all the time. With regular application of weakly-weekly fertiliser plus adequate watering, the plant has grown large and plump canes.

I have stopped feeding around a month ago and now watering must be drastically reduced by occasional water misting only.   To continue

Lc. Wakayama ‘White Wedding Song’

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Lc. Wakayama 'White Wedding Song' March 10-2018.jpg - Simple but beautiful

Laeliocattleya (Lc.) Wakayama ‘White Wedding Song’ flowers are delightfully fragrant dan I love the crisp white colour. No other colour other than yellow on the lip. When I saw it in Garden World today, I just had to have it.

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