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)

 

Orchid of the month: December

Dendrobium leucocyanum

Dendrobium leucocyanum
Picture Rogier van Vugt.

This enchanting creeping miniature was described by Tom Reeve from a collection at 2600 metres in Enga Province, Papua New Guinea in 1979. It is a mat-forming epiphyte with globose pseudobulbs. The paired leaves are often tinged maroon in high light. The flowers arise in clusters of up to 25 from leafless pseudobulbs and are ice-blue-green but sometimes cream or violet tinged. They can last for several months. A real gem.

Price £22 plus £5 postage and packing.