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