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Fragrant Dendrobium delicatum

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Dendrobium delicatum October 2017

It is the time when these tiny Dendrobium delicatum orchid flowers bloom. The lingering sweet fragrance is telling us that they are there. The look is quite simple; small and white in colour with a faint splash of mauve. The speckled labellum is in contrast with the yellow tongue. An Australian native orchid that is said to be a natural cross between Dandrobium kingianum x D. tarberi. Easy to grow and always flower every year.

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Anggrek Dendrobium nobile – Puasa

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Dendrobium soft cane April 28 2017

Tahun 2013 yang lalu kami dapat ‘mystery bonus’ tanaman anggrek Dendrobium nobile yang berbatang lunak. Anggrek inilah satu-satunya yang saya punya dari jenis tersebut. Beberapa anggrek Dendrobium berbatang keras yang kami punya mudah berbunga, terutama jenis D. delicatum. Waktu itu tanamannya masih kecil dan beberapa tahun kemudian terlihat seperti kuncup bunga mulai timbul tapi setiap kali mengering. Juga tanaman terlihat kurus. Apa yang salah?

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More Orchids 2016

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Most of the Cymbidium orchids are still blooming, while two other orchids also in flower.

Oncidium ‘Dancing lady’:

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More Cymbidums and Others

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Wasp (2)

The spring weather was back to cold again in the last few days, and today is also grey and cool around 15 deg. C. I spotted a wasp the other day and took few photos. It was more than likely a European wasp, the colours are yellow and black. Meanwhile more orchids are blooming.

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Tiny Dendrobium

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Miniature Thelychiton kingianus/Dendrobium kingianum

miniature Thelychiton kingianus-Dendrobium kingianum

Miniature Dendrobium - Noid

Miniature Dendrobium – Noid

I salvaged this small Dendrobium orchid plant from Vivi, our friend in Coburg. It was given to her from other friend but never flowered for a long time. She let me to have it in the belief that I could make it happy and bloom again. Now it has three tiny spikes with few flowers on them. It is a pity that she cannot read this blog as she does not have a computer.  She always says: ‘I can live without a computer’ and refuses to do anything with it 🙂

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Soft Cane Dendrobium

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Today, when we bought a couple Sarcochilus orchid plants in the Orchid Farm in Langwarrin, the generous owner gave us two more Sarco orchids in smaller pots and a small Dendobrium as a bonus. One of the Sarco bonuses and the Dendrobium are mystery, it means that he will not tell how the flowers will look like/what colours. I cannot wait until they bloom!

Soft-caned Dendrobium

Soft Cane Dendrobium

So far, the only Dendrobium that I have is Australian native (D. delicatum) which obviously has hard canes. Only today I learned that basically there are two types of Dendobriums: The Hard Canes and the The Soft Canes. The dendrobium bonus gift is the soft-caned one.

These are my notes about Dendrobium Orchids :

Hard Cane Dendrobiums have tall pseudobulbs/canes and they are evergreen. The flower spikes grow from the top of the canes. Examples of these type of Dendrobiums are Dendrobium Phalaenopsis (Den Phal) or also known as Dendrobium bigibbum and some Australian native Dendrobiums.

Soft Cane Dendrobiums/Dendrobium nobile/Den nobile

  • It is terrestrial (grow on trees) or lithophytic (grown on rocks) from the Himalaya, Assam, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, found in lowland, mountain forest or rocky areas.
  • The plant is deciduous, will drop leaves in cold weather.
  • Flowering time is mostly in winter through spring. The blooms grow from the upper nodes of both leafed and leafless canes.
  • For growing in Australia, the plant need some shade from sunlight (50 – 60 %) during hotter months (spring to summer). During the  autumn and winter the plants may be kept completely out under full sunlight. If the canes are too green with very luscious leaves, the plant may need more sunlight.
  • Best temperature is not lower than 4 deg. C and not higher than 32 deg C. To help flowering night low temperature about 10 deg C is needed.
  • Watering is done only during the growing season after finished flowering in late Spring through Summer time (November – April). Reduce watering in autumn when the weather has started to cool down. In the winter watering is only needed when canes start to shrivel.
  • The plant will need a reasonably high humidity, can sit the pot on a tray filled with pebbles and water.
  • Fertilizing ‘weakly weekly’ during growing season from November to March with liquid fertilizers with high potassium content, fish emulsion, seaweed extract etc. and stop it completely during winter time.
  • Den nobile prefer relatively small pots, and as the plant can grow pretty tall, little stones can be put in the bottom of the pot. The most common potting  media that is used is pine bark or coco bark chips.
  • Repotting and division can be done when the plant has become overcrowded.
New Pseudobulb (cane) - Soft caned Dendrobium

New Pseudobulb (cane) – Soft cane Dendrobium

Soft-caned Dendrobium - Mystery Bonus

Soft Cane Dendrobium – Mystery Bonus

Dendrobium delicatum

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Dendrobium delicatum

It is said that Australian native orchid Dendrobium delicatum was the result of natural hybrids between Dendrobium tarberi and Dendrobium kingianum. Though the small and mostly white little flowers are less showy, they are prolific bloomers and very sweet scented. It is very easy to grow in tropical and temperate climates.

D. delicatum is perfect to grow on rocks or up on tree branches. It can also be grown in pots. The plant will quickly grow new shoots. The best growing medium is orchid potting mix together with a bit of compost. Liquid fertilizer should be applied after finished flowering and I also use liquid seaweed to promote healthy growth. Dendrobium delicatum will need reasonably bright sunlight to flower.

We put ours near the front door and the gentle spring breeze is blowing the sweet delicate scent into the house. It is just beautiful and refreshing….

Australian Native Dendrobium delicatum

Dendobrium delicatum - white

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