There are over 1,000 types of Dendrobium orchids and hybrids. They vary in size, bloom color, appearance, and growing requirements.
Dendrobiums are separated into two main groups: hard-caned-and soft-caned;
Hard-caned Dendrobiums have tall pseudobulbs that are very thin and their leaves are generally a little darker in color than the soft-caned. Hard-caned Dens are evergreen and often keep their leaves for many years before they drop them. Hard-caned Dens grow spikes from the top of the cane and produce gorgeous flower sprays.
Soft-caned Dendrobiums have leafy pseudobulbs that are long and slim. Their leaves are generally a little lighter in color than the hard-caned Dens. They grow leaves along the length of the cane and the blooms sprout from the individual stems that are along the cane itself. Soft-caned dendrobiums are deciduous and drop their leaves when the weather gets cold.
How to Care for a Dendrobium Orchid
Dendrobium orchids are beautiful flowers that require careful attention but are overall very sturdy. Provide a moderately warm, humid, and spacious environment for your flower to help it thrive. Feed and water it weekly and makes sure it gets ample sunlight.
The watering schedule for a Dendrobium greatly depends on the season and its growth cycle. When the plant is actively growing, you should water once a week. In the early fall, you should reduce your watering schedule to help encourage bud growth. In the winter you should only water when you see that the pseudobulbs are beginning to shrivel because this is an indicator that you are not giving the plant enough water.
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