Wow the presentation is like an army marching in ranks.Bit of a while ago but I was thriller to be awarded Show Champion and Champion Native at our show in September 2022.
Dendrobium speciosum 'Natstar Best 2004' which is a cross of 'National White' x 'North Star'
This is a well known natural clone of var. grandiflorum called 'Creek Aureum'. It originated from Kroombit tops in Queensland. It is one of the parents of 'Katrina'
Hi, I've got 2 pots of it. One flowered nicely last year and this year has no spikes showing. The other had 1 spikes last year but has at least 10 spikes just starting to pop. I have a 'Daylight Moon' with 6 spikes already 15cm long atm. The Creek Aureum is one of the later one to show spikes.They are stunning flowers. One of the best grandiflorums around. Is your plant flowering now? I have this clone too. Have had it for 3 years now. It would have about 15 growths but are yet to flower it. No buds so far, so I am getting nervous it won't flower again this season.
Hi, I've got 2 pots of it. One flowered nicely last year and this year has no spikes showing. The other had 1 spikes last year but has at least 10 spikes just starting to pop. I have a 'Daylight Moon' with 6 spikes already 15cm long atm. The Creek Aureum is one of the later one to show spikes.
Your Dendrobium speciosum will tell you if it is getting the correct amount of light. They love growing in parts of Florida as an example but they are not plants that love the heat or full noon time sunlight. If your plant makes few flowers or blooms infrequently, it needs more light. But you must safe guard against heat which often accompanies increased light.
As far as temperatures go, their range goes from 30F to 110F. Both extremes are tolerated for short periods of time. I grew them in bright light in Florida but not full sun. They were under 60% shade cloth. Their ideal temperature range is 60-85 degrees in summer, 55-80 during winter months.
They are commonly found growing as lithophytes and do not grow as well in a dense mix along with plastic pots. Mine grew best in wooden baskets with a coarse, open, rapidly draining mix. They are not heavy feeders. Even strength fertilizer like 20-20-20 at 1/2 tsp. Per gallon on a regular basis is preferred.
Flower spikes can easily carry 30+ flowers. Leaves can be carried on a growth for 10-12 years. There are many forms recognized for speciosum. If it blooms with low flower counts, it needs a brighter spot.
They grow much better with a cooler, drier rest during periods of reduced light intensities. As rock dwelling lithophytes, good air movement is helpful.
Hi, I have one blackdownense 'Crikey' from Gerry Walsh. Got it about 9 months ago. Only a small division but coming into spike atm.Super photos and growing info.
Is anyone growing the smaller blackdownense subspecies? The bulbs are tiny compared to the regular form and would be much better suited for home growing.