365 days of orchids – day 593 – Dendrobium cuthbertsonii

Here is another of our summer flowering favourites although these plants will be in full flower for the Bristol University Botanic Gardens Pollination Day on the first weekend in September (more info soon)

This beautiful miniature species is native to New Guinea where it grows as an epiphyte or lithophyte in mossy high mountain elfin forests. We find that the secret in cultivation is to replicate this habitat and so grow plant cool, wet and windy. We also find that plants prefer to grow mounted where there roots can establish on cork bark and plants can grow into impressive specimens.

The species is bird pollinated and comes in a wide range of colours including pink, orange, red, yellow and white – why not grow several different clones?

The flowers are extraordinarily long lasting and we have had flowers last nine months or more however we find that the plants benefit from the flowers being removed after a few months to allow the plant’s energy to into producing new growths. It is worth keeping an eye out for woodlice that will eat the roots or red spider on the leaves as either of these can cause a plant to go down hill and not recover.


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  1. DEREK WHITTON says:

    when do you offer these for sale

    • Simon Pugh-Jones says:

      Hi derek – we propagate dendrobium cuthbersonii from seed and have none in flask at the moment – a useful reminder and I will pollinate some flowers tomorrow – seedlings available out of flask in about three years 🙂