Orchid That Needs Care – Dendrobium Siam Jewel
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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.
This is a warm-growing, hard-caned Dendrobium that, when given sufficient light, will produce sprays of pretty flowers from the top of the elongated pseudobulb throughout the sprint. The blooms will last for a good four weeks. Various colors from white and pale pink, through mauve to dark purple have all been derived from species native to Australia. This exceptional hybrid from 1992 borders on the elusive blue. Extremely popular it is grown worldwide for the pot-plant and cut-flower trade. However, an amateur can re-flower these orchids with the right conditions in a greenhouse: provide good light all year round and maximum temperatures in the warm range where possible. Keep the plants moist while they are growing, but allow them to dry out in the winter.
Flower Size: 2 inches (5cm) across
Flower Spike: 10-15 inches (25-38cm)
Plant Height: 8 inches (20cm)
Pot Size: 5 inches (12cm) long