golden yellow-flowered dendrobium
A large-growing, epiphytic semi-evergreen orchid with pendulous, cane-like stems up to 160cm long and 0.5-1cm thick. Each noded stem is covered with alternate leaf-bearing sheaths. Each bright green, lance-shaped leaf is 10-16cm long and 3-4cm wide. Short flowering stems emerge from the axils of nodes and leaves and carry 4-5cm large, yellow flowers.
Ultimate height1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height5–10 years
Ultimate spread0.5–1 metres
Colour & scent
- Partial shade
- Full sun
East–facing or South–facing or West–facing
- Native to the UK
- Evergreen or Semi evergreen
- Clump forming, Pendulous weeping
Dendrobium are epiphytic and terrestrial orchids with elongated, stem-like pseudobulbs bearing linear to ovate leaves. Racemes or panicles of showy flowers are produced from nodes along the stems mainly in spring
- Name status
- Plant range
- Himalaya, China and SE Asia
How to grow
Plants are best grown in a basket, in an epiphytic, medium grade, bark-based potting mix with added perlite, moss, or coir. As with many orchids, they grow best when the roots are slightly restricted. Therefore, avoid over-potting or frequent root disturbance. Provide bright, filtered light throughout the year. Plant requires frequent watering and relatively high humidity during summer months and a period of rest in winter - reduce watering and feeding in autumn, until warmer temperatures initiate flowering and new growth in spring. See indoor orchid cultivation
Propagation by seed is only possible in controlled laboratory environment. Mature plants may be divided when the plant overgrows the pot. Sideshoots (keiki) may develop on older canes - remove and pot them into sphagnum moss when the new roots are at least 2cm long.
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Conservatory and greenhouse
No pruning required. Remove spent flowers as necessary, but do not cut the whole cane unless completely shrivelled. Oldest canes may be removed as long as there are at least three, younger, thick, leaf-bearing canes on the plant.
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