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Dendrobium aphyllum - Variegated Orchid!

Dendrobium aphyllum - Variegated Orchid!

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Introducing the Dendrobium aphyllum "Variegata" – a rare and captivating orchid species that will surely steal the spotlight in your collection. Known for its distinctive variegated foliage and its remarkable ability to thrive across various countries and elevations, this unique orchid is an absolute delight for both novice and experienced orchid enthusiasts.

Cultivating Tips:

1. Ideal Growing Conditions: Dendrobium aphyllum "Variegata" is a species that loves to be mounted, allowing its roots to breathe freely and absorb moisture naturally. During the summer months, it thrives in bright, filtered sunlight or partial shade, ideally in a range of 30-50% shade. Be sure to provide as much light as possible without subjecting the plant to direct, scorching sunlight.

2. Watering Regimen: The relationship between light, temperature, and water is crucial for this orchid's well-being. During the active growth period in spring and summer, water your Dendrobium when the potting mix begins to approach dryness, but there's still a hint of moisture. In contrast, as fall approaches, and the newest growths mature, reduce watering to prevent canes or pseudobulbs from shriveling, typically around mid to late November. Resume regular watering when you spot flower buds forming on the sides of the canes, often opposite the leaves.

3. Temperature Requirements: To encourage prolific flowering, Dendrobium aphyllum "Variegata" requires cool temperatures during the fall and winter months. When you bring your orchid indoors, ensure that night temperatures remain no higher than 60°F until the buds start to emerge. Daytime temperatures can range in the low to mid-70s. After buds appear, maintaining nighttime temperatures at 62-64°F will typically result in stunning blooms around January or February. If you're eager for an early display of flowers, you can even place the orchid in the refrigerator overnight until the buds develop. However, be cautious of overwatering during colder periods, as damp potting mix can lead to rot issues.

Additional Notes:

  • Dendrobium aphyllum may shed its leaves in preparation for flowering during the winter and spring. Don't be alarmed; this is a natural part of its growth cycle.
  • This orchid is known for producing "kiki's" or additional plants, making it possible to grow a large specimen in a relatively short time. You can choose to propagate these kiki's to expand your collection or share them with fellow orchid enthusiasts.

This is a XL blooming size in a 4" pot, about 1 to 2 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited!

Embrace the charm of Dendrobium aphyllum "Variegata" as it graces your collection with its striking foliage and alluring blooms. With the right care and attention to its specific needs, you can look forward to a stunning display of flowers that will leave you and your guests in awe. Explore the beauty of this rare orchid species and elevate your orchid-growing experience today.

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