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What care does my den­dro­bium need? Joy White, by email

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Den­dro­bi­ums aren’t too dif­fi­cult to grow. The flow­er­ing phase is from win­ter to spring, with blooms last­ing up to three months, and dur­ing this time, they need a place in good light but out of di­rect sun­shine. Wa­ter weekly and mist reg­u­larly but don’t feed your plant. Dead­head it and re­pot into a con­tainer about 3cm (1¼ in) wider, us­ing an orchid compost.

Then from sum­mer into au­tumn – the growth phase – wa­ter weekly and feed twice a month with an orchid fer­tiliser.

Au­tumn is the dor­mant phase when the leaves stop grow­ing. Place the plant in a cool, shady room at 10-16C (50-61F). Re­duce wa­ter­ing and don’t feed un­til new stems start to emerge. Re­sume weekly wa­ter­ing and fort­nightly feed­ing un­til the flow­ers open.

Den­dro­bi­ums need good light and weekly wa­ter­ing now

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