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Dendrobium speciosum. Creating a rock orchid garden.

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Dendrobium speciosum. Creating a rock orchid garden.

Until recently we had thousands of mature Dendrobium speciosum. The below two photos will NEVER be seen again in real life.
Sales over the last two years have tripled and now we are reduced to a few hundred left, if even that.
Fortunately we produce about 5000 new seedlings each year so the supply is still there, just not the advanced size we used to sell.
WE still have thousands of 50mm 140mm and 200mm seedling left to sell.
So what we are currently writing about is still able to be done just using smaller plants and establishing them in their final location.
They are called The Sydney Rock Orchid for a very good reason. They grow on naked exposed rock faces and boulders. Usually Granite, and less frequently sandstone. Sometimes on isolated boulders in the forest and sometimes on massive rock faces of mountains.
But have you ever considered Dendrobium speciosum garden feature.
THey are visually stunning and highly perfumed. Low maintainence, low water, and they will grow in a simple rock rubble.
Sydney seems to be the world's epicentre of speciosum gardens .
Here is one belonging to George Oehm
These orchids truly are lithophytes living on top of rocks

So how hard can it be? 

IN Sydney im sure its as simple as finding a sand and soil supplier who have crushed Sandstone for landscaping. 
Creating a retaining wall with a wire reinforcing  grid mesh to hold in place is one way.
A simpler way is shown here below by Henry Kendell.
In the wild these crazy hardy orchids are nearly indestructible.   The only giant colony I have seen near destroyed was the one behind where RIVER COTTAGE AUSTRALIA was filmed in Central Tilba.  A massive wildfire raced up blackberries and wild lantana and severely scorched the massive colony
 
Here are a few other attempts


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