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Dendrobium loddigesii

Loddiges' dendrobium

A small-sized, semi-evergreen orchid with up to 10cm long, pendulous, cane-like stems. The stem is covered with alternate, thin white, leaf-bearing sheaths. The leaves are fleshy, brigh or dark green, 4-6cm long. Short flowering stems carrying a single, 5cm large flower emerge from the nodes in the upper third of leafed, or leafless stems. Long-lasting, fragrant flowers are pale pink or pale purple. The lip is round, with fringed white edge and yellow/orange centre.

Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Colour & scent
Spring Pink White Yellow Green
Summer Pink White Yellow Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
  • Partial shade
  • Full sun

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Botanical details
Native to the UK
Semi evergreen
Clump forming, Trailing, Tufted

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
S China & Indo-China

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How to grow


Plants are best grown mounted on cork bark or wood if sufficient humidity can be provided. Alternatively, grow 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. Re-pot before the potting mix starts to decompose, ideally in spring when the new growth appears. The average temperatures are 20-25°C in summer and 8-14°C in winter. Provide indirect light and high humidity by misting regularly in spring and summer. Ensure that roots dry-out between the waterings, especially in winter. 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 enough, younger, thick, leaf-bearing canes on the plant.


May be susceptible to scale insects, aphids, mealybugs and red spider mite.


Generally disease-free.

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