Dendrobium 4in (LC)
- Light: Bright indirect. Orchids need 10 to 15 hours of bright but indirect sunlight a day. South facing exposure is best, ideally within 2ft of the window but protected from any direct sun that could scorch the leaves. East or west windowsills are also an ideal spot as long as the light is filtered through curtains or another form of sun screen to avoid burning. In winter months, you'll need to supplement daylight with artificial light and you'll also want to move these delicate flowers away from windowsills on frosty nights as cold draughts can be fatal.
- Soil: Speciality orchid soil
- Water: Water your orchids in the morning so that the leaves are dry before night. How often to water depends on the potting media used, the type of pot (plastic or clay), and the size of the pot. Dendrobiums like to be in small pots and are usually much taller than the pot is wide. Because they are usually large plants in relatively small pots, watering twice a week is about average. They like to be almost dry before re-watering. When watering, place the plant in the sink and use soft, tepid water. Do not use salt-softened or distilled water. Let the water run through the plant for a minute or so. Be sure to let the water drain completely.
- Humidity: High. We recommend giving it a daily mist, placing it on a pebble tray filled with water, or keeping it close to a humidifier. Orchids cannot tolerate hot and stuffy conditions, so good ventilation is required even in winter.
- Pet and tiny human friendly: Yes
- Fertilizer: Feed during summer months with a balanced fertilizer designed for orchids
- Temperature: Individual types will vary, but in general, most orchids prefer 70 degrees F in summer, 60 degrees F in winter, and a drop at night of 10 degrees F. Cool nights are V important for these delicate divas to thrive.
- Repotting: Orchids luv being snug in their homes so only repot when growth begins to suffer (roughly every 2 to 3 years). When re-potting, use a small spot (large pots will slow growth and reduce flowering significantly).
- Flowers: If new growth is healthy but no flowers are present, the root cause is likely insufficient light. When your plant has finished blooming, you can cut the flowering stem at the point where it came out of the tall thin pseudobulbs. Do not cut off the tall thin stem because the new flower stem will grow from there. Continue watering and fertilizing during the growing period and within a year a new growth will spike to begin the blooming cycle again!