How Tall Will My Outside Orchid Grow?

Question of the Week:

“All the orchids in my tree are doing great! I do have a Cattleya orchid that is 5 1/2 ft. + tall. It’s just gorgeous. The blooms are massive! I just couldn’t get it out of my shade tree. (It’s that tall). I was afraid if I tried to move it I would ruin the blooms/buds. I tried to capture the length/buds/and blooms with a yard stick. I might try again, but it’s so beautiful I would hate to disturb it. Sorry the pictures weren’t better.

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My question is: how tall do they grow?

Enjoying your orchid new letters…..they really are helpful. Thank you, Ryan, for your response.”

-JoAnn Decker
Cape Coral, FL

Ryan’s Recommendation:

Hi Joann,

That’s wonderful that your orchids are doing well, and yours certainly looks like it’s in great shape. However—and this is not a bad thing—it doesn’t appear to be a Cattleya, but another genus of orchid. So, what type of orchid is it, actually? Let’s find out…

The orchid in the photos is part of the Dendrobium genus of orchids, which is one of the largest orchid genera, with more than a thousand currently recognized species! It’s no coincidence that this is one of the orchids you have growing on a tree. The name Dendrobium is translated from the ancient Greek words dendron (“tree”) and bios (“life): “living on a tree.”

How can you tell that the orchid is a Dendrobium rather than a Cattleya? Green Thumb Club Members Only
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