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Recommendations for Dendrobium cuthbertsonii hybrids

Discussion in 'Orchid Hybrids' started by Marni, Jul 26, 2021.

  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    A friend has asked me to recommend a couple of hybrids for someone who doesn't have the conditions to grow Den cuthbertsonii. I haven't grown any but know that there are some that are compact, easy to grow and somewhat warmth tolerant. I'd love to hear suggestions. Thanks.
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Hi Marni, I would suggest Aussie’s Hi-Lo, Mountain Magic and Illusion. For me, Illusion (which is a primary with lawesii) seems to be the most compact.
     
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    Raven Well-Known Member

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    I like the ones that Chuck mentioned, and I would add D. cuthbertsonii x glomeratum to the list. It is a bit larger than the ones mentioned but the flowers on some clones are huge. My mature plant is 6" tall and the flowers are 2".
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Not a cuthbertsonii hybrid, but Dend. laevifolium is warm tolerant, compact and can put on a real show. I have never been able to grow cuthbertsonii but was successful with laevifolium.
    Dendrobium laevifolium x 3
     
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    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Here is an Aussie’s Hi-Lo currently in bloom

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    I wonder how getting bicolors from laevifolium works. All my Aussie Hi-Lo are solid.
     
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    I hadn't heard cuthbertsonii had been crossed with glomeratum. I love them both (and oddly actually have both in bloom right now); I'm not much for hybrids in dendrobium, but this one I should probably get.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I have seen a bicolor laevifolium but suspect that it comes from the cuthertsonii. I've done several crosses with solid colored cuthbertsonii that have produced a good number of bicolors. Even with wild collected plants one gets a wide variety of color in the progeny.
     
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    You should! I'll take a picture when mine blooms next time.
     
  10. J E

    J E Jaime Escobedo

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    Funny, for such an adapted plant Cuths cary so much potential diversity.