Dendrobium victoria regina – 365 days of orchids – day 1036

This is our sumptuous dark blue clone of this lovely species and the plant is now suitably mature to produce lots of flowers at one time on the old leafless pseudobulbs.

This wonderful Dendrobium species 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 flush. 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.We also have this light blue clone that still has a few flowers left from its main summer flowering.

Both plants grows in the side of moss covered baskets where they are kept wet all year hanging in Cool Asia (min 10C). This potting method was developed by Jacob and certainly seems the way to grow this species to perfection.



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