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)
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.
This miniature beauty from the Blue Mountains of Jamaica was described by Rudolph Schlechter although it had previously appeared as Laelia and Epidendrum. Ideal for the small greenhouse in cool conditions, it is space-saving and colourful. The plant is compact with single, leathery leaves which have a reddish tinge in bright light. The flowers are a stunning scarlet-orange and up to 5 cm. wide and with a purple anther cap. It can be grown in pots or mounted on twigs as it tends to grow in nature.