The cooler weather and moisture overdose during the monsoon season probably sets them off. After drooping and wilting through the scorching hot months of March to the beginning of June, they spring back exuberantly once the monsoons cool the air again. Within weeks, all the dendrobiums (or dends, as orchidists familiarly call them) start showing off fat little green spikes which will grow into some of the most mindblowing of Nature's creations.
Those fat little nubbins soon elongate and branch out into buds which soon give their first hint of the beauty to come !
Just look at these... they bring to mind a group of birds in flight, dont they?
Many growers struggle to get the dendrobium orchids to bloom for them but I've found that given plenty of light and a healthy dose of neglect, they're among the easiest plants to grow, especially in the tropics.
I grow all my dendrobiums outdoors, lightly shaded so that they're sheltered from the harsh sunrays between 10.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. but with plenty of light at other times. When I was new to growing dendrobium orchids, I kept them in deep shade and I got lovely dark green leaves but no flowers! Thats the indicator, you know...
Dark green leaves - too little light
Yellowish leaves - too much light
Apple-green leaves - light's just perfect
I had just finished photographing this dendrobium when I noticed that things were not as they should be. Can you spot what it is?
And this little garden spider found a cosy hideout. I bet the dendrobium is as pleased as can be with this arrangement. Goodbye nasty, petal-chomping bugs!