A Peach of an Orchid: Dendrobium Unicum

I have loved plants for decades now. The intrinsic beauty in a flower, the shapes of their leaves, even the delicate microscopic structure of a trichome I find to be alluring. My breadth of interest is vast; from vegetables to dahlias, from roses to orchids. I am a volunteer judge with the American Orchid Society & I travel the world judging orchids. I am addicted…my wife says “I have a problem!”  I say “I have a passion!”  I grow hydroponically, I landscape, and I grow in a greenhouse, indoors with grow lights, and of course in the great outdoors. I would like to regularly share with you some of my most prized flowers and plants. Today the picture above is of Dendrobium unicum. It is a species indigenous to Vietnam, Laos, Burma, and Thailand. It grows wild in the tropical rainforests of these countries at an altitude of 800 to 1500 meters. It grows best in temperatures between 65 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit, mounted to a small piece of cork or wood, and likes to be watered daily. The reward for proper culture is an abundance of 3” flowers that have the most delightful aroma of fresh peaches and cream. I love the intricate venation inside the lip and the delicate stellate flowers (star shaped.) I hope you’ll check back soon to see what else is blooming.

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