Growability scale = 5 (1=extremely easy, 10=very difficult)
Photo Den transparens is a pendant growing plant requiring a strict dry and cool rest period. Violating either condition will almost assure you of nothing but keikei's in the Spring. The canes are very thin, almost wire-like, reaching a length of about 18-24". The blooms are small, about 1" across, pristine white except that most will have a tiny purple dot at the tip of each sepal and petal. The throat is yellow. Our attempts at breeding with this plant have all failed. In spite of that negative, it remains one of our favorite dendrobiums. We grow Den transparens potted in a medium fir bark mix. The light is medium bright, 2500-3000 FC. The temps during the growing season are intermediate. In the winter we hang it near a cooler outlet which radiates cold air to the plant. No water or food is given after about Halloween, resuming only after the buds have fully formed in the spring. While the plant can at times be quirky, the rewards of the plant in bloom more than offset the occasional spring disappointment.
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