Orchid (Dendrobium) ‘Irene Smile' - Plant

Dendrobium nobile ‘Irene Smile'
Orchid (Dendrobium) ‘Irene Smile'
Dendrobium nobile 'Irene Smile' is an incredibly pretty orchid from tropical South-eastern Asia. Dendrobium nobile 'Irene Smile' is a hybrid with contrasting pink and white flowers. They flower once every year, usually from January through June.
You will receive an orchid with one flower stem in bud. What a picture for your living room!


 
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£ 19.95

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  • Planting
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    The plant will come in a pot but if you wish to pot it up, do make sure you use a very light potting mixture - something like bark mixed with sphagnum moss. You could also use a potting compost for orchids. Give your Dendrobium a prominent spot in the living room, just not in direct sunlight.
    High humidity
    When standing in dry air, this orchid will appreciate being sprayed with rain water although it tolerates drought rather well. When growing, a higher level of humidity is desirable.
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  • Care
  • The Dendrobium likes a high degree of humidity in a light and sunny spot, although not direct sunlight. Water only when the potting medium is dry, preferably rain water or other chalk free water. Requires lots of water in the summer months, even tolerating a drenching in lukewarm rain water (actually the best way) although do make sure that the water drains away well. After flowering is over, a new shoot will appear at the base of the plant.
    While in growth, feed with liquid fertiliser (high potassium content) every two weeks. Once it reaches its full height, do not water or feed and allow the plant to rest.
    Dormant period
    This Dendrobium requires a cool rest period! Stand the Dendrobium in a cooler room (14° C) on the windowsill and do not water in October or November. Bring back into the warm living room from January and feed and water. Stop fertilising once the shoot is as long as its predecessor and the orchid will make new buds on the new shoots, completing the cycle.
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  • Specifics
  • This botanical variety is originally from the tropical South East Asia. Orchids are epyphytic, which means they grow on the branches of trees. This means they are constantly in full sun. The plant forms aerial roots that can detract water from the air. These roots are now in the pot so it is of great importance that the potting medium is allowed to dry out between waterings. The rest period in its natural surroundings is several very dry months in October and November.
    The Dendrobium is a member of the orchid family (Orchidaceae) - a very exciting family to belong to. Orchids often try to resemble certain female insects in order to attract male insects of that particular type and have them mate on their flowers. This false mating is simply used as a way to distribute the pollen on the stamens, and this then forms seed. This imitating of female insects can go really far as not just the shape of the flower but even the production of certain pheromones (a fast dissipating scent that can influence sexual behaviours) is used by the flowers to attract the males.
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  • Extra information
  • Latin name Dendrobium nobile ‘Irene Smile'
    Delivery type Supplied as container plant
    Guarantee 100% growth and flowering guarantee
    Color White, Purple
    Light preference partial sun
    Scented not scented
    Flowers for cutting no
    Growing height60 - 70 cm
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