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Sometimes you do get what you want! Dendrobium convexipes

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Chuck-NH, Jun 14, 2021.

  1. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Nice rainy day here, so first time to post something in a while.

    On the quest for cool growing plants from New Guinea some 5-6 years ago, I saw a vendor at Redlands Orchid Festival had what was labeled as Dendrobium convexipes which would fit the bill. The plant had tall, thin canes with tiny leaves and looked intriguing. Unfortunately, after one day in the greenhouse back in New Hampshire, all the leaves fell off and most of the canes shriveled up. I put it in a net pot with NZ Sphagnum and soaked regularly with Kelp Max, a few months later, a keiki developed and then another and then roots. Over the ensuing years when talking to other enthusiasts, I would get the quote…”Don’t be disappointed if it is mislabeled”…which is sometimes one of the risks with imports. To cut the story short, I finally got my first bloom and truly believe it was correctly labeled. Hopefully next year will put on a good show.

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  2. Raven

    Raven Well-Known Member

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    What a rarity! I have a similar story with Dendrobium fulgidum. And it is starting to bloom now too!
     
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  3. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Do post when it blooms!
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Patience pays off. Always good to get what you want. I judge import vendors with mislabeled plants by how often the plant I get is as good or better than what I wanted. If it is always less than I wanted, I stop buying from them.
     
  5. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Over the years it’s probably 50/50 on misidentified being better or worse than what I’ve ordered.
     
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    Congrats! What a great story of patience and skill in saving a plant!
     
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    Nice rescue! The color of the flower is nice!
     
  8. Chuck-NH

    Chuck-NH Well-Known Member

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    Thanks all! Yes Naoki, I love that color combination as well and the red portion of the bloom looks like membranous bat wings.