Orchid of the month: November

Dendrobium limpidum

Dendrobium limpidum

Dendrobium limpidum is a riot of colour and not just once a year. The pseudobulbs or canes hang freely, are quite hard and chunky and densely leafy. Clusters of vibrant pink flowers appear two or three times a year and are long lived.

For many years this charming species was known as Dendrobium dichaeoides, a similar plant and this confusion was sorted out by André Schuiteman in his book ‘A Guide to Dendrobium of New Guinea’. Established young plants, flowering and flowering size, now available, price £18 plus £5 postage.

Orchid of the Month: July

Dendrobium subuliferum

This gorgeous miniature species from New Guinea has been sought after by growers for many years. The tufted habit, topped with lovely flowers with broad crystal-white petals makes it an ideal companion for Dendrobium cuthbertsonii and other Oxyglossum species. Unlike most others in this group, Dendrobium subuliferum is fragrant; the only other Oxyglossum to be also scented is the closely related Dendrobium cyanocentrum. The species should be grown on the intermediate side of cool, kept humid and moist at all times and with good air movement.

Flowering-sized established plants available now, Price £30 + £5 postage.

Orchid of the Month: January

Dendrobium moniliforme

Dendrobium moniliforme
Picture by Rogier van Vugt

Dendrobium moniliforme was in cultivation over 1800 years ago in Japan, where it is often found growing on rocks and is sought after for medicinal uses. It is considered ‘strengthening’, and thought to promote longevity. It is also used as an aphrodisiac. It is a lovely and easy plant to grow, best in a small, well-drained pot in cool, humid conditions.
It flowers in spring with surprisingly large, strongly fragrant flowers which can last up to 3 weeks.
Price: only £10 for well-established, near-flowering sized plants. (+ £5 postage)