Dendrobium nobile Lindl.
Callista nobilis, Dendrobium coerulescens, Dendrobium formosanum, Dendrobium lindleyanum
Color: White, pink, and purple
Bloom Time: Winter and spring
Dendrobium nobile is a sympodial orchid with yellows green pseudobulbs. It grows up to 4 feet (1.2 m) tall. Leaves are narrow, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long and up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) wide, and produced in early fall. In late spring, a pseudobulb that is about to flower loses its leaves and replaces them with branching flower stalks. Each stalk carries 2 to 4 flowers up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) across. The color of the flowers varies from white through pink and purple, but the lip always has a deep maroon blotch in the center.
How to Grow and Care
Although there is a huge variety from which to choose, when it comes to learning how to grow Dendrobium orchids, they all follow two important rules.
First, they like to live in little pots with their roots crowded into a tiny area. If you try to be nice and give them room to spread out, the roots are likely to stay too moist and begin to rot. If you don't like the look of a large plant growing in a small pot, camouflage it in a larger planter.
The other way to care for Dendrobium orchids is to give them as much bright light as possible. This doesn't mean sticking them in the desert sunlight, but a south-facing window in the house is the place where they will thrive. In almost all cases, when your Dendrobium orchid isn't flowering, it's a case of not enough sunlight. See more at How to Grow and Care for Dendrobium Orchids.
Native to southern China, the Himalayas, and Indochina.
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