Dendrobium superbum


Growability scale = 2 (1=extremely easy, 10=very difficult)
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AKA Den anosmum, it has a pendant habit, the growths first
growing up, then bending over and down. The blooms are a
deep lavendar in color with a much darker throat, approximately
2.5" across. The lip is hirsute, or hairy. While the growth habit
is similar to Den. pierardii, both the plant and the blooms are
much more robust, with superbum having shorter canes as well.
The plant is deciduous and requires a winter rest period.

We prefer to grow Den. superbum in pots with a medium bark mix,
but we do grow some mounted with equal success. We grow them
in medium indirect light, approximately 2500 FC, watering only
when dry. The temps are intermediate during the growing season,
high temps reaching close to 90. The plants will do equally well
with high temps in the 80's. The winter rest is absolutely
necessary for Spring blooming, and those that feel sorry for their
plants and water or feed during the winter will be disappointed.
We stop watering around Halloween and don't resume until the
buds have fully formed in the Spring. The humidity is kept high
during the rest period. The rewards for hobbyists that grow these
properly are consistent and floriferous blooming plants that will
bring ooo's and ahh's from visitors.
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