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Dendrochilum

This page is meant to give you information and some useful tips about the care of the Dendrochilum. You will also find all the Dendrochilum species we offer in our assortment.

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Derivation of the name

The name of this gender derives from the Greek words ‘dendron’ (tree) and ‘cheilos’ (lip), which refers to either the epiphytic way of growth or the large lip at the flowers of this gender.

Features and origin

Dendrochilum is a gender with around 300 species spread over higher altitudes in the humid rainforests of Southeast-Asia to New-Guinea, Borneo, Thailand and the Phillippines. The centre of the spread lies in Borneo and the Phillippines. The gender consists of epiphytes, lithophytes and even some terrestrial species.
This gender knows a wide range of star-like, scented, miniature flowers. The way of blooming is in a bunch, that can grow up to 50 centimetres long. The stems are egg- to cylinder-shaped, striped, extremely small pseudobulbs, of around 4-10 centimetres long with two firm, upstanding and lanceolate leafs, with usually approximately 20 centimetres long, with small leaf stems.

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Care tips

Place

Dendrochilum need a very light place, where they are protected against the afternoon sun.

Temperature

In winter, the temperature must not drop below 18°C for the Dendrochilum, while in summer the day temperature can be above 30°C. Living room temperature is pretty much ideal for this gender.

Humidity

We advise a humidity between 40% and 80%. This differs per species within the gender and depends on the size of the plant.

Water

Keep the plants fairly humid during the period of growth in summer. The soil should always be dried up lightly before watering again. If the plants are coming out of their period of growth, they should be kept somewhat drier. Make sure the pseudobulbs don’t start to shrink.

Fertilizer

In spring and summer, fertilizer can be used on the Dendrochilum every other watering shift. In winter, fertilizer can be used every 14 days.
The fertilizer is important, because there won’t be enough sunlight for the Dendrochilum. Normally, the sunlight provides the Dendrochilum with sugars that are essential to create the growth of flower branches. Therefore it’s harder for the Dendrochilum to start blooming without the fertilizer. 

Repotting

Dendrochilum require to be repotted every 18 months in spring, right before their period of growth, in fine or rough bark.