15 January 2006

Complex Dendrobium Hybrid (Dendrocoryne)

Dendrobium (Northmead x Star of Riverdene) x (Emma 'Bliss' x Aussie Starlight)

This is one of two plants of this cross bought from Stonehurst Nurseries before it sadly closed down a few years ago. It has a complex parentage, mostly of Australian Dendrobiums of the Section Dendrocoryne. Perhaps because of this, the flowers of the two plants are very different: this particular plant has purple spotted flowers, while the other plant puts out almost pure white flowers.

I grow the plants as if they were Dendrobium kingianum: lots of water and feed during the growing season, then a cool, dry rest from October onwards until the buds start showing.

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