365 days of orchids – day 442 – Dendrobium thyrsiflorum
Unfortunately there isn’t room to take everything to Paris and lovely though the dense flowers of Dendrobium thysiflorum are, the plant this year is having a bit of a break this year and six flower spikes aren’t enough to book a place in the van.
This majestic species is native to Eastern Himalayas and South East Asia. We have seen it on school expeditions to Laos growing in the tops of tall trees in evergreen and semi deciduous forest at around 1000m where it experiences warm wet summers and a dryer cooler winter.
To reflect the natural habitat we grow the species in Warm Asia during the summer but move it to cool Americas for the winter which encourages flowering from previous years bulbs.
Next year should be a bumper year (looking at all the fresh growth it has made in 2018) and we would like twenty flower spikes for the London show in 2019. A good year shown below (2017)