Tuesday, February 19, 2013
This Dendrobium came with the name "Rosy Pink." When it bloomed, I saw the most gorgeous purple of all my plants. I can never get the actual shade with my camera, no matter how many times I try. But this one comes close. The one below,
taken in my living room, is the truest.
These orchids are called "Bulldogs" for some reason. Imposing and grand, they deserve a more important name. I have a harder time getting them to bloom than any of the others. In the fall they have to have night temperatures of 50 degrees or a little lower, then moved inside to at least 20 degrees higher during the day. If you want to try one, keep it moist, watering every 3-4 days. Direct sun not necessary, but plenty of light is. Lots of luck!
This is the best-performing orchid I've ever had. I bought it in 2008 and it's been blooming ever since-- AND adding shoots. The blooms last for six months or more and by the time they fall, new buds are beginning to form on a new stem.