I created this orchid portrait to be a deep reflection of the unique qualities of this species, the unmistakable form of the canes, even without the presence of its long, white plume-like flowers. For perspective, this orchid is overflowing a 6″ basket.
Dockrillia (Dendrobium) wassellii is an intermediate to cool-growing Australian species that loves bright light. We have grown it outdoors in the summer, but found that the lower humidity and our consistently cool nights (50F/10C) were not its favorite conditions. It has grown much better in our humid cool room, with summer nights in the upper 50s to low 60s (14-16C) and a winter minimum of 50F (10C). It hangs about 24″ (60cm) below the T5 HO LED light fixture in this room, ample light for robust spring flowering.
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My vision to create orchid portraits emerged from my appreciation for the “whole orchid.” So many photographs of orchids focus only on the flower. But orchids are not flowers: they are entire plants and living beings. Connect more deeply with the many dimensions of orchids …