August 17, 2012

Dendrobium malvicolor

Dendrobium malvicolor is a miniature species from Sumatra.  It's name means "Mallow-colored Dendrobium," and it is only 10 cm tall with 3 cm flowers.  The growths are very thin at the base, thickening at the end.  The flowers come in clusters of three to six near the end of the growths.

My plant is grown mounted.  It is supposed to be temperature tolerant, but I grow it cool, watering it every day.  It is supposed to have a two to three month drier rest in the winter with less water and fertilizer, but my plant does fine without a rest and blooms faithfully every spring.

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