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Dendrobium Awesome

It is a large plant carrying 4  long inflorescences, two of which were over 0.5 m long carrying over 20 flowers plus buds.  The mature flowers were of excellent shape, large (7x5 cm) and had very attractive colours.  The tepals were dark pink with yel...

June 7, 2019

Well June has arrived and bar for the Victorian high country the weather is still mild. Here at home in May we enjoyed 20+ degree days and the lowest temp so far had been 7 degrees. Then a cold front came thru and dumped snow and more than a bucketful of rain along wit...

March 13, 2019

Well we are into March now and passed the worst of the summer but watch out for those hot days that may occur. Make sure that you don’t let any water sit for too long on the leaf axils. Better yet spray with a fungicide such as eco-fungicide® at 4gm/l and eco-oil® at 5...

February 14, 2019

Well January is finished and the hot and humid weather continues. I go out each evening between 5-7:00 pm and mist all the plants. Yes, I know that I could have this done electronically, as I have a controller installed but I like being in the bush house amid my plants...

July 14, 2018

Dendrobium Macquarie Spectrum '#5' 

The cross was done by Mike Harrison and a flask I acquired was planted out in 2001. It has been fairly slow to flower as the first plant only flowered in 2010 with '#5' flowering in 2017.

It is grown cold under 50% shade cloth bu...

July 12, 2018

After my initial thoughts that this would be a poor season for our Aussie natives it appears that this may not necessarily be so as more and more ‘spikes’ appear to be showing. This appears to be at least 2-4 weeks later than would normally be the case. Whether the flo...

June 14, 2018

Dendrobium Warringah ‘Pink Princess’

The plant had three long cascading flowering spikes each carrying 5-8 flowers.  The large widely open flowers had pale pink tepals with nicely contrasting darker pink labella.

Dendrobium Warringah was a primary hybrid between Dendrobi...

April 14, 2018

What has happened to Autumn I ask, as it seems that summer just rolls along? Yesterday on my deck, under cover, it was 39 degrees. So don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. The roots on all my plants are moving and growing – so fertilize and push them along while you ca...

March 16, 2018

Dendrobium (Dockrillia) Numbat

The plant of evening was a floriferous compact Dockrillia hybrid, Dendrobium Numbat. It had 10 inflorescences each with around 10 white flowers, nearly all open.

The hybrid was bred and registered by Darryl Smedley, an active ANOS Sydney me...

February 14, 2018

In the article on Dendrobium fleckeri in the last (December 2017) issue of Orchidophile, we reported that, based on the literature available to us at the time, natural hybrid with Dendrobium adae so far has not been recorded.  This is unusual in view of their similar h...

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