How to Grow Flowering Dendrobium Orchids – Dendrobium orchid is a popular orchid plant. Novice grower choice this as an excelent orchid to grow and make money. The dendrobium orchids encompass one hundred different species all varying in shape and size. The dendrobium orchids come in evergreen and deciduous varieties. They have been known to grow on rocks, in trees, in extreme weather conditions and high elevations.
Dendrobium orchids flowers are available in a wide range of colors, sizes and shapes. From the time that the first flower bud opens, the sprays will remain in bloom for the next 2 months. If the plant is kept in a bright warm spot, the plant may produce subsequent sprays of flowers.
Growing your own dendrobium orchids is a simple process. Here’s a simple guidelines for successful dendrobium orchids cultivation:
Plant your dendrobium orchids seeds in a damp, well draining potting medium, such as small stones, wood chips, Styrofoam peanuts or simply the best coconut husks. Dendrobiums thrive in small spaces, so plant your orchid seeds in the smallest pot possible.
Grow your dendrobium orchids in strong natural sunlight, for sufficient lighting is must for successful cultivation. Dendrobiums prefer either an east or a lightly shaded south facing window. Dark green leaves are an indication of insufficient lighting. If you are growing them indoors, place them under four 40-watt fluorescent bulbs. If the orchids do not get enough light, your plant can develop tiny platelets on the older canes.
Water your dendrobium orchids often (once a week) during growing periods, but once the plant blooms, allow it to dry out between watering.
Dendrobiums thrive in high humidity. Depending upon the temperature, Dendrobiums should be watered about once or twice a week. During the summer, the plants may need to be watered every 4-5 days. The rule of thumb for watering should be as followed: More heat more water, less heat less water. Dendrobiums must be allowed to dry out completely in between watering. Try to water the plants early in the day, so that the foliage will be dry by nightfall.
Dendrobiums prefer 40% to 50% humidity. Humidity trays may be needed, especially if a heater or air conditioner is in use in the house.
Dendrobiums must be fertilized on a regular basis! Add a balanced fertilizer to the soil every week. It is recommended to pre-water plants, before applying the diluted nutrient solution if the potting media is dry. Cut the manufacturer’s recommended concentration by half.
Allow your orchids to grow in a well-ventilated area. Provide nighttime temperatures of 55 to 60°F and daytime temperatures of 70 to 90°F. Dendrobium orchids need the day temperature and the night temperature to differ by at least 20 degrees. The standard temperature for growing orchids is at least 60 degrees F.
Common pest associated with Dendrobiums are scale, mealy bugs and spider mites. Encapsulated pyrethrum time-release insecticide, and Neem Oil are the most efficient methods of pest control.
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