Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dendrobium kingianum first flower

I have attached a picture of the first flower of a Dendrobium kingianum specimen that was given to me just short of a year ago (thanks Kevin O!). It is an interesting colour. The most common form is a deeper pink and I have even seen a purple variant. There is also a pure white flower but this one has very pale pink flowers. The plant is still very young but is shooting new growths now as well from its base. Two keikis that were formed previously were removed and planted next to the parent plant. These are also doing well. Apparently, the trick to getting this species to flower and not produce keikis is to allow them a period where they can be kept dry. Too much water and the buds that form the flower spikes produce keikis.

Dendrobium kingianum

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