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Dendrobium Orchids

By Kate_miller

Dendrobium Orchids

Dendrobium Orchid

This is my most favorite house plant ~ a Dendrobium Orchid.
Not to be confused with the Phaleanopsis Orchids you see for sale in most supermarkets, these days. Though, I have a bunch of those beauties, too. ;)

Dendrobium Orchids

Phalaenopsis (Butterfly) Orchids

The Dendrobium is totally different. More sensitive, kinda thirsty, a super slow bloomer... I waited an entire year to enjoy her second round of flowering.
And, may I just say? She was absolutely worth the effort!
Dendrobium Orchids

She hangs in my kitchen window, above the sink, stretching her little stems toward that sunlight, on the other side of the curtain.
Dendrobium Orchids
And, she lives in a little wooden box. Those long thready things, stretching out of the box are her roots.
Every Orchid on the planet requires great drainage. They're heavenly beauties ~ in the wild, they grow high up in the tree canopies, far above the damp, damp ground.
To properly water a Phalaenopsis Orchid ~ soak her for 30 minutes once a week.
Be twice as nice to this little cutie. Dendrobiums need more water. She gets a 30 minute soaking twice a week. Which is what she's doing in the picture below... soaking, on my kitchen counter, in a stir fry skillet.
Curious as to the significance of the stir fry skillet? What secret powers does this pan possess?
Well it just so happens.... That was the only clean pan left in the house. :)
Dendrobium Orchids

Dendrobium Orchids
  • Dilute 1 tablespoon fertilizer into the water while soaking. Orchid growing mediums are very low nutrient - fertilizer gives them a little boost for re-blooming. 
  • Have you seen that ad campaign claiming all you need to do is put an ice cube on your Orchid to water it? Don't fall for that nonsense.
  • Home Depot orchids don't do so great because their supplier pots their orchids in moss, which keeps the roots too damp. Bark medium is better.
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