Intergeneric dendrobium blooms again - and differently!
In March of this year I bought an orchid off the reduced rack at Lowes. There was no ID on it other than the growers (Gubler's) tag that said it was an intergeneric dendrobium orchid with very basic growing instructions. At the time of purchase it was blooming, with pure white flowers that had just a blush of lavendar on the lip. The flowers also have a very soft, sweet scent. It finished blooming, and in the last few weeks I noticed aerial roots forming in a couple of places on one of the canes, and being a newbie I was very excited as I watched my first keikis form. I have been fascinated with the formations and how quickly new little plants were being created, so you can only imagine my surprise when I saw two brand new flowers on one of the keikis. My surprise was doubled when the flowers on the keiki do not look anything like the ones that were being produced by the mother plant!! I have attached a couple photos I took of the keiki that is blooming with a of close-up of the new flower. The new flowers do have the same soft scent. Is it common for these intergeneric plants to produce offspring with such a variation in blooms?? Very cool!!
Thanks, Susan! If I had known that this was going to happen, I would have taken pictures of the plant in bloom when I brought it home so I could show the difference in the color of the blossoms. Oh well...next time!!