New baby arrivals… Dendrobium cyanocentrum f. blue

Dendrobium cyanocentrum f. blueThis is so exciting… and I just have to give a hug and a huge plug to a very nice orchid grower for this one. I very recently (and suddenly) lost both of my Dendrobium cyanocentrum orchids and it really, really sucks! A heartbreaking experience since I raised both plants from flask to flower and they were absolutely perfect and thriving until the quick and brutal end – just look at the last two photos below…

I had mentioned this to Dick at Equatorial Plant Company (where I had originally gotten the orchids from), and then yesterday I received a package in the mail, completely unannounced, and it was a small vial with 3 new Dendrobium cyanocentrum f. blue babies inside! Thanks a lot Dick, you rock!! The last batch of babies grew to flowering size in about 1,5 years, we will see how these new arrivals do. I purchased the blue color form last time, which turned out white which I actually prefer. I am curious to see what these new babies look like when they bloom. A quick bath and then I mounted them on a piece of cork with a bit of sphagnum moss around the roots. I am so happy to have these new little babies in my warm vivarium once more.

If any of you are curious of raising orchids from flasks I can definitely recommend the Equatorial Plant Company, they have a great selection, good quality, and you can buy large mother flasks, smaller commercial flasks or even tiny hobby flasks of 5 seedlings just deflasked and ready for planting out. I will keep you posted on the development of these new babies.

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By | 2017-10-13T11:25:55+02:00 September 11th, 2010|Categories: Flask babies, My orchids|Tags: , , , , |7 Comments

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Karma is an environmentalist, hiking zealot and orchid nerd from Sweden. She is also a designer/art director and a blogger. She has been the editor for the Swedish Orchid Society magazine, published internationally and held lectures on orchid culture. At the moment Karma is a digital nomad, intent on discovering the world one trail at a time.

7 Comments

  1. Richard Lindberg September 11, 2010 at 19:24 - Reply

    That is great. I love getting a second chance with a plant.

  2. Karma September 12, 2010 at 10:26 - Reply

    Thanks, I know, it feels really good to get a second go at this one. I am usually not that big on Dendrobium, but this is such a nice little species. 🙂

  3. Brian September 12, 2010 at 17:02 - Reply

    What a nice gesture from the Equatorial Plant Company! I’ll definitely check them out. take care

  4. Lisa September 12, 2010 at 17:16 - Reply

    Wow, that’s great! It looks like a great little orchid…I might just have to add it to my wish list. 🙂

  5. Karma September 12, 2010 at 18:58 - Reply

    Good luck with your babies if you guys should give it a try. It is fun to follow them as they grow to flowering size. 🙂

  6. Ron Hanko September 13, 2010 at 12:42 - Reply

    This is one I’m trying to grow – some really tiny seedlings from Equatorial Plants that I imported earlier in the year. It is really lovely. Glad you’re back in business with this one.

  7. Karma September 13, 2010 at 13:23 - Reply

    Thanks a lot Ron. From what I hear it can be a tricky species to grow, and some say to grow them cool, but mine did really good in the warm viv. last time so I will grow these the same. Good luck with yours as well.

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