Dendrobium victoria-reginae 2" FS
species - Philippines
(these are seedlings from a cross with select parents)
This is surely one of he most sought after species in the past decade - mostly because of its rare blue-purple colored flowers. Our plants are a single cane with new growth started and are big enough to flower is cared for reasonably. Queen Victoria's Dendrobium prefers shady cool to cold conditions as a rule, but can withstand warmer days and nights with care. Ours are planted in New Zealand sphagnum moss that approximates the substrate they have in nature. Keep the roots moist (i.e. not constantly soggy) to avoid burning the leaves in warm weather. Good humidity and air flow are also helpful as is the regular addition of a liquid or water soluble plant food to your watering regimen (see our fertilizers in the "Supplies" section).
As the picture to the right shows, our plants are about 12" tall excluding the pot. Dendrobium victoria-reginae can bloom any time of year and is best grown in a pot or basket that takes into account its normally pendant growth habit. It can be mounted on a suitable piece of cork or wood, but avoid oceanic driftwood because it saturated with salts that are toxic to most orchids (unless it has been thoroughly leached with fresh water).
NOTE: Because they are seedlings actual flower color intensity can vary. Although ours have been grown under warmer condition for the sake of speed of growth, better size and color may be obtained if they are grown with temperatures from about 50 to 80 degrees night to day.
FLOWERING SIZE, BUT NOT CURRENTLY IN BUD OR FLOWER!!