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Dendrobium kingianum
  • RHS AGM

pink rock orchid

D. kingianum is an epiphytic orchid with erect stems and up to 6, 3-10cm leaves produced from the upper portions of narrowly conical pseudobulbs. Fragrant pink, purple or white flowers with a crimson or purple veined or blotched lip, to 4cm across are produced in racemes to 15cm long from the pseudobulb tips in early spring

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Pink Purple White Green
Summer
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or North–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1B
Botanical details
Family
Orchidaceae
Native to the UK
No
Habit
Columnar upright
Genus

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

Correct

Plant range
Australia

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in an open medium with plenty of light, fresh air and good humidity. In spring and summer, water when compost starts to dry out. In winter, reduce watering and allow a 4 week period of daytime temperature around 8°C to encourage flowering. Feed regularly when in growth. See Orchids: indoor cultivation for further information

Propagation

Propagate from division or from keikis. Pot keikis when their roots are 2cm long

Suggested planting locations and garden types
Pruning

No pruning required. Remove spent flowers as necessary.

Pests

Susceptible to aphids, glasshouse red spider mite and mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease free

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