The Dendrobium Nobilé distinguishes itself from other orchid species by the cluster of flowers that forms in front of the armpit of each leaf. With this special inflorescence on the stem, the Dendrobium Nobile has a shelf life of at least 8 weeks. The scented flowers are five to eight cm wide. The colour varies from all white to yellow and orange, to red and purple and combinations thereof.
The Dendrobium loves enough light, but does not put it under direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can cause the plant to burn. Do not put the plant in a draughty place, they are also sensitive to this.
Just like other orchids, the Dendrobium Nobilé should not be too wet. Do not water until the earth is almost dry, once a week is enough. It is also good to dip the plant once a month.
The Dendrobium Nobilé starts its flowering cycle in the spring. This requires a good humidity, regular watering, a little fertiliser every other month and put the plant in a light and warm place.
The Dendrobium Nobile prefers to be in an environment with a temperature between 15 and 25ºC.
When the flower stem has finished flowering, the flowers fall off automatically. Put the Dendrobium Nobile away in a light place where it is around 10 to 15ºC in winter. Water the Dendrobium Nobile during this period, do not let the Dendrobium Nobile dry out. From a new shoot the orchid will produce new flowers. This usually takes eight to twelve months.
The Dendrobium Nobilé does not thrive well in too large a pot and prefers to remain in the same pot for 2 to 3 years. Repotting is therefore only necessary when the Dendrobium Nobile no longer fits in the pot. Immersing and draining well remains the best way to water!
- Be careful with full sun: These plants should not be in full and direct sun, because there is a risk of burns. A light spot where the sun does not shine directly is a good idea. A window on the north or a shield from the sun would be fine.
- Dip once a week: A pot plant with the pot in a container with water indicates that this plant likes to be immersed in the water for a short time (10 minutes) with the root ball. After dipping, the water should drain out.
- Food once every 2 months: This plant needs little nutrition and therefore only needs to be fed once every two months. For the exact concentration the label of the food product should be consulted.
- Minimum 15°C, Maximum 25°C: This plant feels at home in most living rooms.
- Not suitable for consumption: These plants are not suitable for human or animal consumption.
In the wild, this orchid is found in various places. It is found in the Himalayas, the jungle of New Guinea and the desert of Australia. But it actually grows all over the world. It grows mainly on trees such as epiphytes.
The Dendrobium can suffer from different kinds of pests. To prevent this, it is wise to spray the plant regularly as pests do not like it. If it does happen that pests do get on your Dendrobium, fight this as soon as possible with a biological or if desired a chemical pesticide.