Dendrobium orchid care is of interest to budding orchid growers as they are possibly one of the best orchids to start off with. Plus you are not limited in choice when it comes to these orchids.
In the Orchidaceae family, Dendrobium is one of the largest orchid groups, second largest to be exact. There are about 1,200 individual species and thousands more hybrids in the Dendrobium orchid group. Most Dendrobiums come from tropical regions of Southeast Asia. Although even more are being discovered in the highlands of New Guinea. Usually you would find Dendrobium orchids growing in the top of the trees because they are epiphytes.
Dendrobium orchid care is relatively straight forward and is why they are one of the most popular orchids competing with Phalaenopsis in the famous houseplant category. Like Phalaenopsis orchids it is fairly easy to grow and care for them. They are also commonly used as cut flowers because of their sturdy stems, distinctive coloring and fragrant flowers. Dendrobium orchid care in general is no different from general orchid care. However, you have to know about how to emulate the natural growing environment of these plants to be able to expect a really healthy Dendrobium and to enjoy continuous flowering.
One must know that Dendrobiums grow in all climates hot, wet, cold, and from lowlands to high mountains. In fact, because of its diversity it is hard to tell exactly how to grow and care for them. Make sure to research the background of your specific Dendrobium orchid.
But at least there are two commonalities to all Dendrobium species: they like tiny pots and love bright light. They like to live in tiny containers or orchid pots where their roots are confined and tightly secured. Besides that, you should place them in areas where there is bright light most of the day. As long as they snugly fit in their container and there is bright light, Dendrobiums will be fairly happy in any climate.
Specific growing factor tips that you have to take note of for excellent Dendrobium orchid care are:
Dendrobium Orchid Care Tip 1: Temperature
Cool-growing Dendrobium orchids prefer temperatures ranging between 10 to 24 degrees Celsius (50 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit). While the intermediate group prefers a temperature range of 14 to 26 degrees Celsius (58 to 79∞ Fahrenheit), and for the warm-growing Dendrobiums, they prefer temperatures between 16 to 30 degrees C (52 to 86 Fahrenheit).
Dendrobium Orchid Care Tip 2: Light
Whether they are cool-growing or warm-growing, they all like bright light. Try to avoid the strong afternoon sun and instead let them enjoy the full morning sun, you don’t want to burn you Dendrobiums, do you? Placing them in east-facing windows, for Dendrobium orchid houseplants, always works.
Dendrobium Orchid Care Tip 3: Water and Air humidity
Mature Dendrobiums should be dry between waterings, as opposed to young developing Dendrobiums that need to be kept slightly moist and humid. When watering, be aware that Dendrobiums cannot tolerate wet, soggy compost which inevitably will damage and rot their roots. Humidity trays are needed for Dendrobiums to thrive in homes with low humid levels. You are aiming for preferably an air humidity of 50-60%.
Dendrobium Orchid Care Tip 4: Fertilizing
Apply fertilizer when Dendrobium plants are in active growth and when approaching a blooming period.
Dendrobium Orchid Care Tip 5: Potting
Pot firmly in small orchid pots, giving enough aeration and ample drainage. Repot every two to three years when the pot is full of roots and the potting mix is looking soggy. Dendrobiums coming from highlands like the mountains of New Guinea prefer a little moss in the potting mix.
Dendrobium orchids have large,tough, long-tasting blooms which is why they are a popular cut flower and perfect for beginner orchid growers. They are perfect for beginners because they are so tough that you can forget to water them and still the Dendrobiums will survive.
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