Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning



Dendrochilum cotesii

​​Sympodial, epiphytic, sometimes lithophytic, and a few terrestrial plants with a large number of species, which originate in Burma, Papua New Guinea, and some endemic in Sumatra, Borneo, and the Philippines .

Most of the species that are grown are native to and endemic to the Philippines.

Dendrochilum wenzelii

​​They live in lowland or mid-mountain forests, as well as in coastal mangroves , Or in the granitic rocks with moss or lichens, exposed to the winds of those low or middle areas where they live.

As a matter of interest we will note that in Borneo, , 5% of all the species of that island, twelve of which more two varieties, are in turn endemic of that mountain.

They have creeping rhizome,

Dendrochilum javieri

​​with pseudobulbs Nearly glued together, ovoid or almost cylindrical, wrapped in green bracts or thin brown, develop One or two apical leaves, turgid, erect, lanceolate to elliptic, herbaceous, with a long petiole.

Dendrochilum glamoceum

The inflorescences are in clusters that arise from the sides of the pseudobulbs and grow simultaneously with these , And as the leaves develop they take the shape of a cone to keep the floral stick erect inside it, which has many small fragrant, white, yellowish, pink, and even red flowers.

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According to The species the inflorescences can be kept upright and / or pendulums, to measures that grow or mature the generally small flowers of 1 to 2.5 cm.

It is necessary at this time good irrigation and fertilizers, to give them the essential nutrients for their rapid development and flowering simultaneously.

D. Magnum (flower)

They need heat with good moisture, and rest after flowering.

From my personal experience I do not advise to keep them outdoors in our climate of Buenos Aires (Argentina), at least from the months of April to August inclusive, as well as the Phalaenopsis can not withstand temperatures of less than 8 to 10 ºC.

Dendrochilum magnum (plant)

Its cultivation can be made in containers with medium or fine pine bark, with a medium percentage %) Of moss sphanum, to maintain root moisture at times of growth.

Generally, two new shoots are produced per pseudobulb annually, making large plants rapidly, Or three years, depending on the size of the plant that we have in our power.

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