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Unread 11-29-2008, 07:14 PM
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Question Dendrobium Emma White winter care - help please!

I am new to this board and new to orchids!
I received the cutest Den Emma White plant and not quite sure how to make it survive in my little apartment. I LOVE orchids and had one before but that didn't work out too well..
Someone told me not to water it at all in the winter and just spray it with water occasionally.. I'm used to always watering plants so I'm afraid to let it go totally without water... A couple of leaves on the bottom are turning yellow so that makes me a bit nervous..
Hope to get a few tips on here on how to care for my new baby...
Any help will be appreciated!
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Let the plant dry out between waterings. It might be too late now, but to get this to bloom you would have needed to keep it out until the temperature hit close too the freezing mark. Then it is brought in and denied any water outside of misting the leaves until blooms form. Lay off any fertilizer until spring time.
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Let the plant dry out between waterings. It might be too late now, but to get this to bloom you would have needed to keep it out until the temperature hit close too the freezing mark. Then it is brought in and denied any water outside of misting the leaves until blooms form. Lay off any fertilizer until spring time. The leaves turning yellow is normal.
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Um, not to be contrary, but Den. Emma White is a little over 60% Den. phalaenopsis. If you leave it out in the cold it will croak. You only need to reduce water and feeding during the winter months not eliminate it. This hybrid likes to be grown in very bright light, in intermediate to hot tempuratures, and kept moist during active growth in the spring and summer.
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Unread 12-01-2008, 12:54 AM
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Thank you for the tips..
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This is a hard cane dendrobium and doesn't need the winter rest that the nobile types do.

I have several of these - all cast offs from the local Big Box stores - and they are most all in bloom right now. Mine stay outside year round - even lately with our temps getting into the lower 40F range - and I treat them like cattleyas. They get early morning sun with bright shade the rest of the day.

They get watered weekly or so this time of year with them being allowed to just about dry out between waterings. Soak the potting mix more than the plant itself and water early so the plant dries off before night or you may find black spots appearing on the leaves.

Good luck!
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I agree with Terri, this one should be treated as a Den phalaenopsis.
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