Dendrobium lindleyi (aggregatum var. majus) (6" basket husky blooming size)
New Batch! This very showy late winter blooming species is a spectacular sight in full bloom, but does require slightly different treatment in summer and winter in order to bloom well. The main factors that induce budding are less water in the cooler months, and nights that fall down to 55 degrees or lower. It can be successfully grown in your home if you have an unheated sunporch or bright room that is kept cool in winter, but will only grow, and not flower if nights stay above 60 in the December to February period. If you can make this bit of accommodation for it, Den. lindleyi is a very rewarding species to grow. We flower it quite will in our greenhouse, which is heated to 55 degrees on winter nights, but we know of plants that have survived occasional light freezes and still grow and bloom beautifully, so winter nights well below 55 are not a hindrance if that is what you have to provide. In summer, while adding new growth, they like to be well watered and fertilized, though drainage is always important. These very husky blooming size plants are in 6 inch Octagon baskets. Their bloom season under our conditions is now passed for 2016 so the remaining plants will flower nicely next year. This species blooms from mature growths that are more than one year old, and can spike from those growths repeatedly for several years, so the show just keeps getting better with time. We sold out of all plants in bloom within a few hours at our late winter orchid shows, and when you see the flowers in person you will understand why!
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