Dendrobium smillieae 4in
Pedilonum Dendrobiums are a bottle-brush type of deciduous orchids. Similar in care to Latouria-type orchids, these do not need fully dry dormancy period but prefer mostly dry winters and wet summers. This species is native to Thailand and produces white and pink radial blooms in a cluster that droops down from mature leafless canes. Will only bloom from leafless canes. Very interesting appearance and reliable spring bloomer.
Blooming size. Plant may vary from the one pictured.
Potting mix: Coarse orchid bark or well-draining bark mix. Repot in Spring once root bound. Do not allow bark to become waterlogged.
Light: Bright indirect - partial direct light. Shaded South or West facing preferred. Bright North is also acceptable.
Water: Water generously in hot months when media reaches dry. Stop in the cold months, watering only enough to prevent dramatic shriveling of the canes. These enjoy rapid wet/dry cycles.
Temp: Intermediate-warm (55F min night, 90F max day). Cooler in winter.
Humidity: 50-90%, tolerant of low humidity with adequate watering. Provide good air flow in high humidity to prevent spotting.
Fertilizing: 1/2 strength urea-free fertilizer, every other watering as new roots and leaves emerge. Stop fertilizing in winter. General rule: begin in Spring, stop in Winter.