Dendrobium phalaenopsis, Dendrobium

Dendrobium phalaenopsis

Family: Orchidaceae
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterEpiphyte plantYellow, orange flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersUnusual colorBlue, lavender, purple flowersWhite, off-white flowersPink flowers

Dendrobium phalaenopsis is a small shrub that grows 2-5 ft tall with a spread of up to 2 ft. It is an epiphyte, which means it does not require soil to survive. It does, however, prefer moderate water and needs to be kept moist. It can thrive in full sun and semi-shade, but if the temperature rises too high, it will need more shade.

When it comes to blooms, Dendrobium phalaenopsis has wide variety of colors. It produces pink, white and off-white flowers in abundance and might also surprise the gardener with the more unusual colors of blue, lavender, purple and even red, crimson, or vinous. The flower can also come in yellow and orange.

Grown in USDA Zone 9-11, Dendrobium phalaenopsis is an easy to grow orchid and will give rarely give the gardener issues when planted in pots in cold regions. If the temperature in a given area is prone to dipping below freezing, it is recommended that the pot be moved indoors where temperatures can be maintained at 65°F or higher. Additionally, the plant should be watered regularly and the soil kept slightly moist. Fertilizing should also be done in moderation.

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