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dendrobium lowii

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by mini-catts, Dec 20, 2008.

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  1. mini-catts

    mini-catts Member

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    Does anybody grow Dendrobium lowii? I've heard it is hard to grow?
    It is in the nigrohirsute section and has bright yellow flowers.

    I'm starting to see hybrids with it, but would love to grow the species.
    I wonder what is the "difficult" part of cultivation is?

    Thanks,
    Peter T.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Hi Peter, I grow it and have bloomed it, though I apparently didn't take a photograph, so you'll have to take my word for it. I can't say it was a great blooming, but I have a couple of plants and both bloomed this last winter. I had them several years before I bloomed them. It seems to be a slow grower for me and I had the first on 3 years before I bloomed it. I grow them intermediate (56F minimum winter), high of 80 in the summer (occassionally higher, but not often). They are potted in a fine bark mix and growing in the southeast corner of the greenhouse in moderately bright light (enough to bloom a Cattleya) with a lot of other Himalayan Dendrobium species. They are watered and fertilized as they approach dryness during the growing season and are quite dry during the winter. I decrease water in October/November and then mist occassionally until February/March. I haven't tried them in one of the cooler greenhouses for the winter. Baker suggests that they don't receive much less water in winter than the rest of the year. I think I gave them the dry rest because I wasn't paying attention, but this year is the first time I've bloomed them. Now that I have looked them up again, I may try one with regular water in the winter.
     
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    Marni, thanks for the tips!
    Peter T.