Dendrobiums are colourful, pretty orchids that grow unusual flower-bearing 'canes', hence their common name of Bamboo Orchid.
With its abundant, exquisite flowers, this Bamboo Orchid is sure to delight all who see it. Less commonly-grown than the Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis), they make unusual houseplants and are sure to excite comment, with decorative flowers are produced from the sides of the canes. They're much quicker-growing than many other indoor orchids and will rapidly make nicely sized plants - perfect if you want a bit of indoor greenery along with some flowers. Plants bloom in spring - between February and June, after which they enter a growth phase which is followed by dormancy, then can be encouraged to flower again.
Colourful, exuberant and unusual, try a Dendrobium to broaden your houseplant repertoire.
Plant Type: Houseplant
Hardiness: H1 Very tender. Indoor plant, suitable for home or conservatory.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 45cm x W 30cm (Mature age: 3 Years)
Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: White, Yellow, Pink, Purple
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: No
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Soil Drainage: Well Drained
Light Exposure: Part Shade
Season of Interest: Winter, Spring, Summer
Flowering (from - to): February - June
Grow in a bright position, but one that's out of the direct midday sun. Bamboo orchids prefer good light but don't want to be baked. It's a good idea when you get them to slip them, plastic pot and all, into a slightly larger clay pot as soon as they arrive. Not only do you hide the plastic but this helps prevent them becoming top heavy as they grow.
Watering varies greatly according to their seasonal growth pattern: they have a fast summer growing period, followed by a winter rest then flowering. Water them freely (about once a week) during the summer growth period, reducing steadily as their growth slows in the autumn. By New Year they should be almost dry. Don't worry if the plant starts to look a bit tired, it's just having a rest! If the base of the plant looks shrivelled, soak it in water to plump it up again. Start watering regularly once growth restarts in spring.
Use a specialist orchid fertiliser in the summer growth period, and remember to always feed after watering, not before, as fertiliser can burn the roots if the compost is dry.