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Orchid lovers. I bought a dendrobium in early January in bud. The flowers opened and have lasted until this weekend. There are new 2 shoots. Will the flowered stem just dry out or does it need cutting? I tried looking at the orchid society website but it mentioned a pseudobulb but then doesn't explain what one looks like.




I hope someone can answer you, because I'll be interested too. I bought one of these a few weeks ago; it's still in flower, but later I may be wondering what to do next!

18 Feb, 2018


The thick, bamboo-like stem is the pseudobulb, and it is still leafy and making food for the rest of the plant. Even after it loses its leaves, it stores food for the rest of the plant, and shouldn't be removed until it shrivels up--maybe 2-4 years from now.
Barbarak, yours looks like it could use some more light than it has been getting, though, for flowers next season.

18 Feb, 2018


Thanks tug, I moved it from an east facing kitchen windowsill to take the photo. I originally bought it for the bathroom but it was too tall for the window depth. I presume they need humidity like the moth orchids.

19 Feb, 2018


All of the orchids that I know of do better with humidity, but "cane-stemmed" Dendrobiums, like this one, aren't dependent on it, unlike, say, Paphiopedalums.

19 Feb, 2018

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