Variegated Japanese rock orchid . Dendrobium moniliforme. 2 Inch 50mm tubes Our cheapest orchid flowering sized.
Japanese rock orchid . Dendrobium moniliforme. 2 Inch 50mm tubes
Dendrobium moniliforme is native to Japan, Korea and Taiwan and is said to grow further north in the world (and therefore to withstand more cold) than any other dendrobium species. I’ve read that it’s usual to fit straw ‘bonnets’ to the tree trunks on which it is cultivated in Japanese gardens to prevent snow lodging among its leafless canes during winter. In nature the plants are found on both rocks and trees, where their canes grow in dense clusters. The flowers, some 20-40 mm across, appear in spring on the older, leafless canes. The canes vary from 100 mm to 400 mm in length and the pretty flowers, borne singly or in pairs, are either white or pink. D. moniliforme is a member of section Dendrobium, along with other so-called ‘soft-cane’ dendrobiums such as D. nobile, D. wardianum and D. loddigesii. Various variegated-leaf forms exist, many of them being highly prized in Japan. I have two of them but find that they grow and flower poorly, compared with my unvariegated, white-flowered form. This has canes about 150 mm tall and is grown with my other soft-cane dendrobiums in a position in the shade house where it receives full winter sunlight.