Orchids forum: Dendrobium winter rest

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Name: Ted
Brea, CA (Zone 10b)
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Ted5310
Dec 20, 2016 9:43 PM CST
I know Den. primulinum and Den. loddigesii need winter rest. which is basically minimal water as far as I know. But what about kingianums and others. Is it just nobile type?
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 20, 2016 11:58 PM CST
The way I understand it, the Dendrobiums that lose their leaves need less water and cooler temps in the winter. I have D. loddigesii and D. nobile and they get the same care as all the rest of the Dendrobiums: less water and lower temps in the winter. Neither one have ever lost their leaves. In fact, if I know its one of the Dendrobiums that does lose their leaves and go into dormancy, I avoid them like the plague.
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Name: Patty
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SarasotaPatty
Dec 22, 2016 8:21 PM CST
Oh Daisy, why avoid them???? They are SO easy...they get the same care as other dendrobiums for spring and summer but when the weather gets cooler and the days shorter you move them onto a porch or under an eve of the house and ignore them until they put on a beautiful spray of flowers in the spring....then you go back to watering and fertilizing like every other dendrobium!

Here are some of mine (anosmum & cucullatum) right now under the eve of the house, and last spring in bloom:

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 22, 2016 10:02 PM CST
Patty,

You are so cute! My orchids live in a greenhouse year 'round. MOVE them? I don't think so. Smiling In summer, they get watered daily. This time of year, they get watered twice a week. (automatic sprinklers).

Our summers are blazingly hot or hail storms. Our winters are cold, cold, cold with humidity that drops to 0 (Really!). Today's high was 32. Balmy!

I have to put my dog's coat and boots on him before he is willing to go outside. Then he's toasty warm and I'm out there in my bathrobe and slippers. Brrr... The other morning, the back door was froze shut. I thought there was going to be an accident on the floor before I got it open.

Next time, I'll be smarter and go out the front door. D'Oh!
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Name: Patty
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SarasotaPatty
Dec 23, 2016 9:20 AM CST
Daisy,

I'd be more than happy to send you some of our humidity---ANYTIME! Thumbs up

In return I would love for you to send me some of your COLD, please! Hilarious!

Poor doggie.... Rolling on the floor laughing

Happy Holdidays!

ps--guess you should stay away from those dens.... Sad
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 23, 2016 10:59 AM CST
A little humidity would be great but the cold probably wouldn't do your plants much good. Did I tell you our snow never melts, it evaporates? Its too cold to melt but disappears in a few days anyway. Smiling
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Name: Alice
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ardesia
Dec 23, 2016 11:11 AM CST
The lack of humidity is always amazing to me. I love never having to use a blow dryer on my hair, it drys lickity split out there. It has to be difficult keeping plants alive.

Patty, the humidity in Sarasota today is 21% and it is 71% here in the Lowcountry. Count your blessings. Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
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