Care & Handling

Care and Handling of Dendrobium Orchids

Dendrobium orchids are a hardy, easy to grow plant with blooms that last for several weeks. In the wild they grow on trees or rocks and get their nourishment from whatever is borne by wind or rain. Like many orchids they come from tropical regions so they like warm, humid conditions. In spite of their tropical origin they are grown in all fifty states and the right conditions for them are not difficult to create. With proper care they may live for many years and flower at least once a year.

The following are some hints to help you get the most out of your dendrobium(s):

WATER: Once or twice a week put the plant in the sink and let the water run through the pot. Then immediately stop the water and let the pot drain thoroughly. DO NOT let the pot stand in water. Over watering is a common problem that results in root rot & demise of the plant. However, if there is any shriveling of the canes this may mean under watering.

LIGHT: They like bright light. Right next to a/an east, west or south facing window is ideal. If outside, avoid direct mid-day sun.

TEMPERATURE: Ideally not below 65 F (13 C) but they will survive temperatures in the fifties (10C) for short periods. They will not add new growth or bloom at these lower temperatures though. High in the eighties (30 C) is ok.

HUMIDITY: Preferably above 40%. You can avoid humidity problems by
placing the orchid plant on a humidity tray, grouping with other plants, daily misting and location (kitchen or bathroom).

FERTILIZER: A weak solution of Miracle-Gro or Peters soluble fertilizer such as 20-20-20 once a month is a minimum. Hobbyist typically fertilize once a week.

REPOTTING: Not required until the plant is trying to grow out of the pot, or the media starts to break down. (Roots often grow out of the pot but they may be ignored). Potting media can be coarse gravel, fir bark chips or other things a local orchid nursery may recommend. DO NOT use soil or potting mix for terrestrial orchids. Do use something with good drainage.

The plants will survive the shipping in good shape but often some leaves may turn yellow and drop off. This will not harm the plant and is common if not expected.

Occasionally the pot is broken in shipment. It may be replaced with the same size or slightly larger plastic or clay pot if preferred. The pot must provide good drainage.

If there is damage to the box and contents please report it to us immediately.

Note: There are many kinds of dendrobium. Some require cool, damp and shady conditions. Hence, these care instructions apply only to the plants supplied with these instructions.