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Dendrobium ceraula

Dendrobium ceraula

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Introducing Dendrobium ceraula , a captivating orchid species native to the picturesque island of Luzon in the Philippines. These delightful orchids thrive on tree trunks and branches, specifically at elevations above 1300 meters. With its elegant appearance and enchanting flowers, Dendrobium gonzalesii is sure to add a touch of natural beauty to any orchid collection or indoor garden.

This medium-sized orchid is best grown as a warm and wet cultivar, reminiscent of its native habitat. Its clustered canes, slender and pendulous in nature, exhibit a fascinating basal swelling and carry 6 to 10 oblong-lanceolate leaves. The blooming season occurs in the fall when 1 to 3 exquisite flowers emerge on a 1/2" (1.3 cm) long inflorescence, gracefully positioned around the top of the canes. Prepare to be captivated by the showy display of these charming blooms.

To ensure the optimal growth of Dendrobium ceraula , it is essential to provide the right cultivation conditions. During the winter months, it is recommended to reduce the amount of water and withhold fertilizer until new growth becomes evident. This species appreciates a medium-light level of 20000-30000 lux, while temperature variations between 30-34°C during the day and 21-24°C at night create a favorable environment, with a daily difference of 7-11°C.

Maintaining adequate humidity levels is crucial for the well-being of the Horned Dendrobium. In the summer and autumn seasons, strive for a humidity range of 80-85%, which can then decrease to 70-75% in winter and spring. Providing the right balance of moisture throughout the year ensures a thriving orchid.

When it comes to growing media, Dendrobium ceraula  flourishes when mounted on tree-fern rootstocks or cork due to its naturally pendulous growth habit. This mounting method enhances the orchid's ability to absorb moisture and allows for sufficient airflow. Alternatively, hanging pots or baskets filled with loose, quickly drying ground can also serve as suitable containers. Repotting can be performed when new roots begin to emerge, promoting healthy growth.

Watering plays a vital role in the care of Dendrobium ceraula . During the active growing season, which spans from late spring to autumn, watering should be abundant. However, as winter approaches, gradually reduce the amount of water to create a drier period that lasts for 3-4 months. It is important to keep the orchid's roots moist during the growing season while allowing them to dry slightly between waterings in the winter months.

Proper fertilization is crucial for the robust growth and vibrant blooms of Dendrobium ceraula . Apply a balanced orchid fertilizer every week or every two weeks throughout the year, using a diluted solution at a strength of 1/4-1/2. However, during the winter rest period, when the amount of water is reduced, it is advisable to also decrease or eliminate fertilization.

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

Immerse yourself in the charm of Dendrobium ceraula , a captivating orchid that showcases its unique beauty through its slender canes, exquisite blooms, and graceful presence. Cultivate this Philippine native with care, providing it with the ideal conditions of light, temperature, humidity, and watering, and you will be rewarded with an orchid that will undoubtedly be the center of attention in any orchid enthusiast's collection.

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