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Dendrobium jonesii – 365 days of orchids – day 1190

I am rather surprised to discover that we have never featured Dendrobium jonesii on 365 days.

This is an impressive species similar to Dendrobium speciosum although jonesii is smaller growing. The species is native to warm forests in Queensland, Australia and so we grow plants warmer than most of our Australian dendrobiums, in our warm Asia section.

The impressive flower spikes have around 50 large creamy white flowers that do not open fully. The species has attractive dark green leaves and stout pseudobulbs – a lovely thing. We will be splitting our large specimen as soon as flowering finishes, so look out for divisions next year.

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  1. Agnes Jones says:

    Mr. Arthur Owen Jones collected this orchid specimen. I wonder if he was a relative of one of our families Simon?

  2. Teresa Rumbles says:

    I bought this from Janet Plested many years ago and it’s never flowered as I have treated it as a cool growing dendrobium along with my other Australian ones.

    This year I thought the move into new greenhouse after overwintering in my house with a minimum of 15•C had prompted it to flowering but it appears to be a keiki growing from the centre of from last years growth (although there are no roots visible).

    Having read your growing notes it will now be brought into my home to overwinter along with my vandas

    • Simon Pugh-Jones says:

      Hi Teresa – that is a great story. Good luck wioth the Kiki when it has roots, this orchid doesn’t seem to be common in cultivation. I am sure it will make friends with your Vandas.
      Simon