October 23, 2018

Caring for Dendrobium Orchids

There's so much to accomplish at my Bedford, New York farm - it’s always very satisfying to check off chores from our long "to-do" list. 

My gardeners and outdoor grounds crew are in the process of aerating and reseeding the lawns, potting up new bare root plants and repotting precious orchids, including a collection of Dendrobiums. Native to Southeast Asia, the genus Dendrobium is among the largest of all orchid groups. There are more than 1000 individual species that vary in size, bloom color, and appearance. Dendrobiums grow in all climates, from hot, wet lowlands to high-altitude, colder mountains. All Dendrobiums are epiphytes, which means they grow on other plants. In nature, they grow on the branches of trees. Some are deciduous and some hold onto their leaves all year round. Here is how we divided and repotted the Dendrobium orchids, many of which had outgrown their pots.

Enjoy these photos.