How to Care for Dendrobium Orchids


The Dendrobium orchid is a species of Phalaenopsis. There are over one thousand different orchid species which belong to the Dendrobium genus. The dendrobium orchid grows upright branches and bright-colored flowers. It is easy to care for and lives long if properly fed and watered. Do not over-water your orchids, and try to avoid getting water on the leaves. If your orchid develops black spots, it might be sunburned; move it away from the window until the climate cools down.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Fine grade fir
  • Orchid mix
  • Sheer curtains / shutters
  • Orchid formulated fertilizer
  • Plant your dendrobium orchid in a pot filled with a potting medium of ten parts of fine grade fir bark and one part of orchid mix purchased at any home and garden store.

  • Place your dendrobium orchid in a pot located in a bright spot in your home. Do not place them outside in direct sunlight. If the orchid is on a window sill, use a sheer curtain to block out the harmful sun's rays.

  • Keep the nighttime temperature between 60 to 65 degrees F. The daytime temperature is ideal at 75 to 85 degrees F. Let the potting soil dry out between watering.

  • Add fertilizer to the soil of your dendrobium orchid once a month. Purchase a fertilizer formulated for orchids and follow the label instructions. Do not over feed the orchids or you might burn the roots and hinder blooms.

  • Encourage air movement around your dendrobium orchid to prevent mold from developing on the joints of the leafs. Open a window or set up a small fan--facing away from the plant. (Soap and water cleans mold off the flowers well.)

Tips & Warnings

  • Dendrobium orchids prefer up to 60 percent humidity. If conditions are dry, set up a humidifier or a humidity tray over moist stones.
  • Do not subject your dendrobium orchid to extreme weather conditions to prevent plant injury.

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