Dendrobium Orchid – How to Grow Care

How do I take care of my dendrobium orchid so it will flower again?

Hi Nelson,

Plum purple Dendrobium Orchid
Dendrobium Orchid

Here are some care tips on how to grow a Dendrobium Orchid

It’s recommended that you water your orchids in the morning so that the leaves dry out before temperatures cool in the evening. They like to be almost dry before you water. How often you need to water depends on the type of pot (soil in a clay pot  dries out faster than soil in a plastic pot) the type of soil you are using, and the size of the pot. Never use water that has passed through a softener or has a lot of chlorine or fluoride in it. Water well until the water comes out the drip holes in the bottom of the pot. Never let an orchid plant sit in water.

Container: Dendrobium Orchids like to be in small pots that are taller than they are wide.

Dendrobiums like very bright indirect light but no direct sun.

Use a well balanced orchid plant food (20-20-20 or 10-10-10). Dilute the plant food to 1/4 the recommended strength and fertilize every other week. Every other month flush out any accumulated plant food or salts with a clear water rinse.


Dendrobium Orchids grow best when the temperature is between 65°F – 75°F  (18.3°-23.9°) during the day and 55ºF- 60ºF (12.8°-15.5°) at night.