Today we feature Dendrobium x suffusum, another of our lovely Australian dendrobiums.
Dendrobium suffusum is a natural hybrid and one of the prettiest and most floriferous of our cool growing dendrobiums, with the bonus of having a lovely sweet scent.
The parents are Dendrobium kingianum and Dendrobium gracilicaule (see below) and it is a medium sized plant that grows into a specimen quite quickly. Pseudobulbs up to 40cm high carry spays of many 1cm flowers with a lovely fragrance. In the past this clone ‘Writhlington’ has won two Certificates of cultural Commendation from the RHS.
Dendrobium kingianum is pink and a small growing species. It gives the pink flower to Dendrobium suffusum.
Dendrobium gracilicaule is a taller growing species with crowded spikes of creamy yellow flowers. It gives Dendrobium suffusum its floriferous habit and the attractive dark spots to the outside of the flowers.
At school we grow Dendrobium suffusum in our Cool Asia section(min.10C) with good light with lots of water in the summer, but with less water in the winter. the flowers are long lasting especially if not sprayed with water and so we hope that this plant will still be in its prime for the RHS Orchid Show (Wisley) at the end of March.