Untimely bloom of our Dendrobium aphyllum for the second straight year , The orchid species was originally came from the garden of Mrs. Adelina Almerol from Marikina City .
In this time of the year , the orchid species should at least completed more than 1 month of dry treatment ,misting them only once every few days . But a change of weather from dry to a bit rainy , delayed the shedding of its leaves . It also rained a little bit last December 26, 27 and a slight drizzle on December 30 , 2016 . I must say that this is quite an early bloomer for an orchid species which had a blooming season of late February to mid-March .
Dendrobium aphyllum with only two flowers
Only few leaves from the older canes had shed their leaves . Some of the newer pseudo bulbs ( canes) are growing and some still had leaves . Although we expect another season of less flowers and more keikis ( anaks ) to follow.
Dendrobium aphyllum with long pseudobulbs still with leaves
I completely stopped any form of fertilization since early part of November 2016 . We also got a mild fungus infection which cause some pseudo bulbs to get rotted away .
For those healthy pseudo-bulbs . We were rewarded with longer canes .Some of the pseudo bulbs from more establish clumps had grown to about 150 cm from an average of just 100 cm to 120 cm the previous year .
Since we got a short dry season and erratic weather condition. Expecting a lot of keikis again from the older canes. For more of the orchid pest and diseases try this link .