Orchid That Needs Care – Dendrobium Ekapol
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I define “needs care” orchids as those that, in temperate climates, are most suited to growing in a greenhouse or conservatory, where better conditions can be created to suit their needs.
An attractive hybrid which burst onto the tropical cut-flower scene in 1982, this plant found favor both for floral decoration and the pot-plant trade. The combination of pink and white gives its blooms a fairy-tale appearance, with the added elegance of the East. The six to eight flowers that are born in the fall on each spike will last for around four weeks. This plant and numerous others have all been derived from a very few species, the most dominant of which is D. phalaenopsis from Australia. It was first discovered on one of Captain Cook’s expeditions and became known as the Cooktown orchid. Good all-year-round light is important for successful flowering and production of the season’s growth, which is completed in a comparatively short time. The plant also needs a dry rest during the shortest days.
Flower Size: 2 3/4 inches (7cm) across
Flower Spike: 10 inches (25cm)
Plant Height: 1 foot (30cm)
Pot Size: 4 inches (10cm) long