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Dendrobium smillieae

Dendrobium smillieae

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Introducing the Dendrobium smillieae, also known as the Bottlebrush Orchid! This stunning epiphytic or lithophytic orchid is a true beauty with its large, spongy pseudobulbs, thin bright green leaves, and captivating clustered flowers arranged in a distinctive bottlebrush-like fashion.

Native to Australia and Papua New Guinea, this particular species of orchid is a sight to behold. The canes of the Dendrobium smillieae reach an impressive height of 18 to 24 inches, and they produce clusters of flowers in a delightful range of colors including green, white, and pink. These flowers have a lifespan of approximately one month and may appear on leafless canes from the previous year, adding an element of surprise and anticipation to your orchid garden.

The Dendrobium smillieae is a reliable bloomer that thrives in intermediate to warm conditions. It is grown from seed, which means each plant may exhibit unique flower characteristics, making every bottlebrush orchid a truly special addition to your collection.

When it comes to caring for your Dendrobium smillieae, provide it with bright indirect light to ensure optimal growth and flowering. Strong air circulation is also essential, so be sure to create an environment that promotes healthy air movement around the plant. Avoid overcrowding or stagnant conditions, as these can lead to leaf spotting.

You have multiple options when it comes to displaying your Dendrobium smillieae. You may choose to grow it hanging in baskets or potted with a well-draining bark mix, allowing the roots to breathe and preventing waterlogging. This orchid appreciates generous watering throughout most of the year, along with weekly fertilization to provide essential nutrients. However, during the cooler months, you can reduce watering by half and decrease the frequency of fertilization.

While the Dendrobium smillieae doesn't require a dry rest period, it is important to protect it from temperatures below 60°F (15°C). Orchids are known for their sensitivity to extreme temperatures, so keeping your Bottlebrush Orchid within the ideal temperature range will help it thrive and bloom abundantly.


var. tipo - blooming size in a 4” pot, newly repotted, about 1 to 2 years to bloom grown from seed limited 

var. album - blooming size in a 4” pot, newly repotted, about 1 to 2 years to bloom grown from seed limited

Indulge in the captivating allure of the Dendrobium smillieae, its vibrant colors, clustered flowers, and unique growth habit make it a truly remarkable addition to any orchid lover's collection. Experience the joy of cultivating this magnificent species and be enchanted by its beauty for years to come.

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