Dendrobium lindleyi

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I’m pretty pleased with this flowering, but my plant has a very long way to go before it can rival this awarded specimen.

Dendrobium lindleyi is a dwarf epiphyte whose native range extends from Bangladesh and Assam through Southeast Asia to southern China.  This species, called D. aggregatum in older literature, often seems to turn up in books about orchid growing as an example of a species requiring a distinct dry dormancy to trigger flowering.  Apart from that one quirk, it is relatively easy to grow.  D. lindleyi is often grown in baskets or mounted on cork bark, but my plant is potted in Aliflor (expanded clay aggregate) which dries very rapidly after watering.  During the summer, while the new pseudobulbs are growing, I hang the pot from the edge of my shade house where it receives full sun for much of the day.  As long as the weather stays dry, I leave it out in autumn until the nights drop into the mid 40s F (6-8 C), but I don’t let it stay out in cold wet weather.  Back in the greenhouse, I hang it high in the rafters on the side without shade cloth and basically forget about it for most of the winter.  If the pseudobulbs shrivel, I might give it a little water every six weeks or so, but mostly it survives on humidity.  Et Voila.  This is the result.

2 thoughts on “Dendrobium lindleyi

  1. One of the main mistakes with many of the orchids is that those who grow them pamper them too much so that they do not bother to bloom. Even the common cymbidiums bloom better with a bit of distress.

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