Saturday, August 02, 2014

Dendrobium Pure Doreen

I originally purchased the parent plant of this hard-cane dendrobium two years ago as a bareroot. It was labelled "Pure Doreen". I can't seem to find pictures of this cultivar online to confirm, but I hope it's not a mislabel. I have reason to be skeptical because I have received too many orchid mislabels. 

Only afterwards did I notice something didn't look right with the canes.  It turned out that the plant was dying, but it did produce a long beautiful spike of flowers, its swan song of sorts. Fortunately, all was not lost, as it also produced a keiki just before it died.

The keiki grew slowly, as most orchids do, and finally graced me with its lovely maiden blooms. Its purple and white two-toned flower is quite pleasing.   

For the care of hard-cane dendrobiums, see previous post here.

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