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Hi guys,

Hope all your orchid are enjoining lovely summer we are having. Couple of weeks ago I got dendrophylax lindenii on my hands, anyone has had any success with it or has managed to keep it alive. Never had it before?
One i got looks somewhere between seedling and young adult.


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I have had them in the past, but was in Florida at the time.
As I remember;
They need to be misted regularly, as it dries out quickly.
They also appreciate considerable humidity; I would suggest 70% minimal to 90% max.
You should water this orchids as they approach dryness. They absolutely do not like to dry out.
This species can accept a lot of light, you will have to experiment with this being on the other side of the world.
Air movement tends to dry them out to fast, they grow well with very low air movement.
Plant food should be weak 1/8 to 1/4 strength, feed about every three weeks until it starts to flower then bi-weekly. A 20-10-10 or 10-10-10 worked well.

It can be a difficult species to grow.

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I have had them in the past, but was in Florida at the time.
As I remember;
They need to be misted regularly, as it dries out quickly.
They also appreciate considerable humidity; I would suggest 70% minimal to 90% max.
You should water this orchids as they approach dryness. They absolutely do not like to dry out.
This species can accept a lot of light, you will have to experiment with this being on the other side of the world.
Air movement tends to dry them out to fast, they grow well with very low air movement.
Plant food should be weak 1/8 to 1/4 strength, feed about every three weeks until it starts to flower then bi-weekly. A 20-10-10 or 10-10-10 worked well.

It can be a difficult species to grow.

I hope this helps you.


Thank you a bunch, this does help. It's so important to hear from someone with first hand experience. I was treating it close to your advice, indeed it loves humidity, so at the moment have to mist it twice a day, plus I keep humidity at around 70%-80% in my growing space. Also added couple of peaces of Spanish moss on it. My biggest worry is the winter. I will be able to keep it warm and humid, but considering adding some lighting for this plant. I have heard too that it loves it's light and it's easy to kill it in winter because of lack of it. I have never installed lights for plants, so a bit of a learning curve to overcome. Just happy it's not a seedling which for sure would be dead by now.


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I have had them in the past, but was in Florida at the time.
As I remember;
They need to be misted regularly, as it dries out quickly.
They also appreciate considerable humidity; I would suggest 70% minimal to 90% max.
You should water this orchids as they approach dryness. They absolutely do not like to dry out.
This species can accept a lot of light, you will have to experiment with this being on the other side of the world.
Air movement tends to dry them out to fast, they grow well with very low air movement.
Plant food should be weak 1/8 to 1/4 strength, feed about every three weeks until it starts to flower then bi-weekly. A 20-10-10 or 10-10-10 worked well.

It can be a difficult species to grow.

I hope this helps you.


Thank you a bunch, this does help. It's so important to hear from someone with first hand experience. I was treating it close to your advice, indeed it loves humidity, so at the moment have to mist it twice a day, plus I keep humidity at around 70%-80% in my growing space. Also added couple of peaces of Spanish moss on it. My biggest worry is the winter. I will be able to keep it warm and humid, but considering adding some lighting for this plant. I have heard too that it loves it's light and it's easy to kill it in winter because of lack of it. I have never installed lights for plants, so a bit of a learning curve to overcome. Just happy it's not a seedling which for sure would be dead by now.



Yes light is as crucial as the humidity, the roots do the photo work because of a lack of leafs. They are a sight to see in there natural habitat. Keep a reliable humidity/temperature indicator close to it, especially during winter months.

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I don't know this one so had to Google it, and if you can get it to flower like some of the images, it will be a marvellous sight !

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I don't know this one so had to Google it, and if you can get it to flower like some of the images, it will be a marvellous sight !

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First I hope to keep it alive, I more or less need to keep a micro environment in my growth area. I was told it's 2 years from blooming, so not holding my breath. It would be such a waste if it would give up and leave to orchid paradise, so have to build up knowledge fast. If it blooms(doubt it) pics will be on forum immediately.


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Thanks to your advice OCRC_Dir_China I changed growing space a bit. Before it was hanging in air probably too close to fan for it's liking. I placed it in massive glass vase with some stones and water at the bottom, to increase humidity and kill air circulation. Still in bright spot next to vanda and cattleyas.Image


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Thanks to your advice OCRC_Dir_China I changed growing space a bit. Before it was hanging in air probably too close to fan for it's liking. I placed it in massive glass vase with some stones and water at the bottom, to increase humidity and kill air circulation. Still in bright spot next to vanda and cattleyas.Image


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That's pretty much what I would have done. In their native habitat, they grow on trees about six to fifteen feet off the ground, and the water around the trees can be ankle to waste deep.

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IHaveNoNewOrchids wrote:
Thanks to your advice OCRC_Dir_China I changed growing space a bit. Before it was hanging in air probably too close to fan for it's liking. I placed it in massive glass vase with some stones and water at the bottom, to increase humidity and kill air circulation. Still in bright spot next to vanda and cattleyas.Image

Wow! You have quite a find there. Afraid I cant advise on the right culture, but do you mind me asking where you managed to find it for sale? I have been looking out for these for ages but never seen them offered.
Best of luck growing it. Those flowers are worth every effort!
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I got my one from private seller and he had only one and he knew I like weird stuff that's why he was fine for me to have it.
There are two places in EU where you can get some I think:
http://site.plantes-web.fr/lacanopee/16 ... phylax.htm
http://msb-orchideen.de/Dendrophylax-funalis
But I would not be sure of the size of the plant....

I know that orchidweb had some some time ago, but the price for a very small seedling was jaw dropping. I would suggest to ask directly all sellers you know, someone might have just couple that they don't feel like selling but could give one up for you.


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Many thanks. I'll look in to those links.
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Hi,

Just wanted to do an update on the orchid, after following advice it has pushed 3 new leafs/roots and trying not to die.....yet. Thanks :)Image


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Great, for you........... keep up the good work, a real feather in your cap.

Usually most people kill them in the first month, from not knowing anything about it's natural environment or needs.

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Great, for you........... keep up the good work, a real feather in your cap.

Usually most people kill them in the first month, from not knowing anything about it's natural environment or needs.


Thank you for the enclosement advice, I could see difference in just couple of days, plant was not drying out so quick and picked up on growth. I also installed grow-light for them (got given 5 sallei and 2 funalis) to run in mornings and evenings, to prolong the day. They all really got going the moment they got extra light. I was following for some time Corkscrew swamp's weather for some time to understand environment more. That really opened my eyes, as you said humidity close to 100, wind 0-2mph and almost no rain. Trying not to over-spray, because they don't like soggy too and very very light feed once in two weeks.

But most likely it's a fluke and they survive just because I play cheesy music while in greenhouse, still very very early days.


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I believe you will get it to flower, with your care.

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As far as I know some Debdrophylax species are available at their website and also at Elsner 's store.

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