365 days of orchids – day 218 – Dendrobium victoria-reginae
This is a cool growing epiphyte native to the Philippines where it grows on moss covered trees in consistent moisture all year round and good air movement. It is a free flowering species, but the peak of its flowering seems to be in June when it produces the first few flowers. The flowers are held normally in clusters of 3-4 but we have known our plants to produce up to 7 on its very short spikes. The flowers of this species are famous for being blue but the quality of the blue does vary. We have two different plants of very different flower colour. The smaller of our plants produces flowers of quite a dark blue. The larger of our two plants is one of the most vigorous and floriferous clones we have seen with the plant producing 17 spikes this June alone. The larger of our two plants was in full flower in the background of the recent Countryfile segment filmed at our greenhouses, see if you can spot it.