Dendrobium Memoria Carol Jean Clark (3.5" pot near blooming size)
New! This compact and showy Dendrobium is a mix of 3 species from the Latouria (“New Guinea”) section and Den. phalaenopsis, which gives it a lot more color than typical Latouria hybrids. The very long lasting flowers are greenish white, heavily overlaid in violet purple, both on the front and back of each flower, which is an advantage since you easily see both sides of the semi-nodding clusters of 3 inch blooms. This one will grow and bloom under a variety of light levels and temperatures. The main requirement regardless, is to provide frequent enough watering that the pot never totally dries out. So far these have remained about 12 inches tall with upright finger think pseudobulbs topped by three (sometimes 2 or 4 four) evergreen leaves. We have been growing these up for several years, but waiting to offer them for sale because this group of Dendroibum doesn’t start to bloom well until it has formed a clump of growths. Then, each growth can produce 4 to 6 flower spikes spread out over several years, so that as the plant ages, the number of flowers increases. We think these will flower primarily in the first half of the year, but you can’t rule out a spike at any time, especially when grown under LED lights. These are in 3.5” square pots and we are calling them near blooming size, though all are old enough to begin flowering within the year.
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