Saturday, July 6, 2013

Dendrobium hellwigianum

Dendrobium hellwigianum is a high-altitude species from New Guinea and is reputed to be difficult to grow.  I have no difficulty growing it or flowering it with cool temperatures and high humidity.  It is an attractive plant with thick, narrow leaves that look a bit like chives to me and the unusually colored flowers come in pairs among the leaves and at the top of the pseudobulbs.  The plant is 10cm tall and the flowers 3cm.  I grow the plant mounted on a small slab of cedar with a pad of moss around the roots of the plant.





6 comments:

  1. Lovely to see another of your fabulous New Guinea Dendrobiums in flower, Ron.

    I take it all the plants are still enjoying the "upgrade" to their accommodation as much as you are?

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    1. Thanks for commenting, James. A little early yet to tell how things are going with the rebuilt plant case. The additional light and larger space are factors that I haven't had time to evaluate yet.

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    1. Thanks, Elisabete. Appreciate all the attention you give to my blog.

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  3. How common is this type purple in the orchid words. This looks more to the blue than the red.

    As always, enchanting photos.

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    1. The color is not very common at all and you are correct that is bluish. This species has a number of different color forms but the bluish is the most common.

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