Scientific name: Dendrobium loddigesii
Sold as a 8-15cm long stem mounted on wood.
Dendrobium orchids are epiphytic or lithophytic in the wild, which means they grow attached to other plants (typically trees) or on rocks and stones. Like most orchids, Dendrobium grow in the spring, flower in the summer, and then undergo a rest period for the winter before starting over.
Light: Dendrobium loddigesii needs a light level of 20000-30000 lux. The light should be diffused or shaded, avoid direct sunlight, especially when the temperature is high. It is difficult to flower under artificial light.
Humidity: The Dendrobium needs a humidity of 80% for most of the year, but in the autumn and early winter it drops to 70%.
Water: This species must be constantly moist during the growing season from spring to autumn, but when new growths reach maturity in autumn, the amount of water should be gradually reduced.
Flowering: Dendrobium loddigesii requires a cool (10 ° C), dry rest period to initiate flowering. If winter temperatures are low, the amount of water should be reduced and the plants should be allowed to dry between watering. However, they can not stay dry for too long. The lower the temperature, the less water the plant needs
Fertilizer: It is recommended to use a 1/4-1/2 dose of orchid fertilizer weekly. From spring to mid-summer, high-nitrogen fertilizer is recommended, and then until the end of autumn high-phosphoric fertilizer.
Please note that these plants require regular watering. For this reason we only dispatch these orders on a Monday and Tuesday (to areas outside of Cape Town) so that the plants do not risk spending the weekend at the courier depot. Please contact us if you are unsure at firstname.lastname@example.org