365 days of orchids – day 457 – Dendrobium x delicatum

Yesterday we featured one of our miniatures for London and today we feature one of our monsters. Dendrobium delicatum is a natural hybrid between two Australian species, that have already featured in 365 days, Dendrobium speciosum (day 57) and Dendrobium kingianum (day 71). With the variable nature of the parent species it is not a surprise that Dendrobium delicatum is highly variable too. We have clones that are blush pink, white and cream but all are very fragrant. The plants are variable too but generally have long pseudobulbs (up to 40cm long) which are much thinner than those on Dendrobium speciosum. Plants are very fragrant too.

The plant makes a great specimen as it gets older and our largest plant is more than six feet across with hundreds of flower spikes from both new and old pseudobulbs. We grow all of our plants very cool in our Temperate section (Min 6C) where they seem to relish the fresh air and cool winter temperatures. We water heavily in the summer when new growths grow rapidly.


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