Dendrobium Sherry Abe (3.5” pot flowering size)
New! This recently registered hybrid takes the fantastic flower shape of Den. spectabile and combines it with Den. Peter Shen, an intersectional cross between a Latouria and a Phalaenopsis type of Dendrobium. The result is a robust, upright plant with impressive upward arching spikes of large, vividly colored flowers with a good dose of the bizarre look of Den. spectabile. The awarded examples have average about 8 flowers per spike, each a bit over 3.5 inches across. Fully mature plants may produce as many as a dozen per inflorescence. They will have good lasting qualities and be most likely produced between fall and early spring, although one plant was awarded in Florida in June, indicating blooms can come outside the main season for the three species involved. Grow these in good light, but not direct sun except early or late in the day, and with regular water year round, only reducing somewhat during gray, damp weather. These are flowering size plants in 3.5 inch square pots about 12 inches tall, but they can be a few inches taller at full maturity. Growths will repeat flower for several years once mature, so older plants can have multiple spikes at once. When stepping up to a larger pot, do not allow too much extra space around the base of the plant or flowering may be inhibited somewhat until the pot is root bound. Usually a pot one to 1.5 inches larger in diameter is sufficient.
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