Dendrobium spectabile (4" pot near blooming size)
New batch! This easily grown species from New Guinea and surrounding islands truly lives up to is botanical name. Most frequently in winter and spring, but sometimes in other seasons as well, spikes of long lasting grotesquely beautiful flowers are produce from nodes just under and between each leaf on mature growths. Plants generally grow 12 to 16 inches tall in cultivation, but they can be larger with optimal care. Each furrowed, club shaped pseudobulb is topped by two to four evergreen, attractive leaves that persists for several years. During the bloom season, spikes are generated from both leafy and older leafless growths with many flowers up to three inches across, with twisted petals heavily veined deep purple over a cream to chartreuse background. The prominent lip is even more heavily colored and the effect is quite stunning. Flowers last in good condition for about two months and sometimes longer. This plant flowers very well in the household temperature range of 65 to 85, but is tolerant of about 10 degrees on either side. It will do well in medium light levels and also high light levels if introduced gradually so that existing foliage can adapt. It likes regular water year round, with perhaps a bit less in cooler, darker days of winter. These are handsome, mature, blooming size plants in 4.5" round pots. They bloom best when root bound so we recommend only increasing the pot size slightly as they grow larger.
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