This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This is one of the easiest of all the Dendrobes to grow, and will do well either on a block or in a basket; but a basket is the best, as it requires less attention. It is very graceful in habit, with slender, drooping stems thirty inches in length. The flowers, which are produced in twos and threes along the sides of the stems for nearly their whole length, are about an inch and a half across, the sepals and petals are rosy pink, lip buff, with a few purple lines at the base. This is an Indian species, and requires, while growing, the heat of the intermediate house. The material I use in filling the basket is sphagnum moss and charcoal, broken into small pieces, placing a layer of old fern roots from a peat swamp in the bottom. But little water should be given until the young growths are about two inches long, then water should be given, and plenty of it, both from the syringe and the watering pot; in fact, if planted in above material too much water can hardly be given. After growth is completed, which is by the end of September, water should be gradually reduced until it is entirely withheld.
While growing it enjoys plenty of shade.
The plant I send you photograph of I have grown from a small piece. It is now in full beauty, February 9th, and is much admired by all who have seen it. Sharon, Pa.