The Dendrobium 'Thailand Black' is sometimes referred to as a ‘Bamboo Orchid’ due to the growing style of its stalks! Dendrobium means tree (dendron) life (bios) and is the direct reference to how this orchid grows directly on trees.
The towering bamboo stocks of leaves are adorned with a truly unique flower colour. The ‘Thailand Black’ Cultivar has a deep burgundy red colour and almost black centre. This orchid is more like a living bouquet when it is in bloom. Each flower emits a light sweet scent that is both pleasant and delicate.
Dendrobium 'Thailand Black' Plant Care Tips
How to care for information:
Do not place your Bamboo Orchid in the direct light. Make sure it is safely tucked out of reach from the suns harmful rays. Their leaves are susceptible to burning if exposed to direct sunlight.
Temperature fluctuating is key to encouraging your orchid to rebloom. Blooms usually last 6 - 8 weeks in the ideal environment. Once they have fallen off, your orchid will need to sense a change in temperature in order to rebloom. You can encourage this by:
Maintaining cool day and night temperatures in the Autumn or Fall 10 °C to 15 °C.
Elevate the day and night temperatures in spring once buds appear 16 °C to 18 °C.
Maintain day temperatures once blooms form at 21 °C to 24 °C. And provide lots of light!
The Bamboo Orchid grows in a bifurcating pattern. As the plant reaches the end of its life cycle it produces offsets with pseudobulbs. These can be left to grow into a new plant or separated and repotted later on.
The Dendrobium 'Thailand Black' Story
Where is it from?
The Dendrobium orchid its native throughout Asia and Indochina, it can be found growing in the Polynesian islands. This particular cultivar was bred to in greenhouses to create the rich red colour.
Who is the Dendrobium 'Apollon'?
The Bamboo Orchid is both epiphytic and lithophytic, and can be found growing in lowland mountain forests. It produces short strap-shaped leaves, these are waxy and protrude from the plant stalk. 2 - 4 flower clusters decorate each stalk! Bamboo Orchids bloom after they have sensed a drop in temperature, this usually occurs in Winter and spring!
Good For You!
Herbal Medicine: Dendrobium Orchids have been used for hundreds of years in Chinese herbal medicine. They are said to have anti-inflammatory properties. This being said we still do not recommend self-medicating or taking a bite out of your orchid!
Is the Dendrobium 'Thailand Black' the right plant for me?
The Bamboo Orchid is a really fun and rewarding plant to grow in your home. They can be very easy to take care of once you find the right lighting and develop a watering schedule. Getting your Orchid to re-bloom can be really simple and happen naturally if your plant is placed by a window. Ultimately, they are great plants for people of all experience levels.
Pet Friendly: No
Location Suggestions: In the Northern Hemisphere we suggest placing near your Orchid near a window that is North West facing.
Dendrobium 'Thailand Black' Care Guide
Place your Bamboo orchid in a shaded spot where it will receive plenty of bright indirect light or filtered light.
Water sparingly in the winter. Your plant is dormant and will not be actively growing. The soil should be damp to the touch not sopping and should never dry out. In the spring and Summer or once blooms have appeared, increase the watering. Check every 5 days to make sure the soil is consistently damp.
Provide cool temperature in the Autumn and Winter season, 10°C to 15°C. And during the day in Spring and summer keep the temperature warm from 21°C to 24°C.
We highly recommend using a balanced fertilizer formulated for orchids. 0.02-0.02-0.02. Fertilize with every other watering once buds appear into the summer. Cease feeding your orchid after the blooms have fallen off.
Check the axis of the leaves and stem for any mealy bugs. Wipe leaves down gently with a microfibre cloth.
Dendrobium 'Thailand Black' General Information
Native throughout Asia and Indochina
Typically blooms in the Winter and the Spring when the temperatures drop.
Yes, the Bamboo Orchid is toxic and not safe for consumption.