Guide to growing Dockrillia orchids

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Dockrillias

Dockrillias are a relatively new genus, having been removed from the genus Dendrobium only very recently. They differ from normal Australian Dendrobiums in that the leaves and canes gave been fused to form a solid tube or ‘Rat Tail’

The other noticeable difference is that the blooms are upside down to what we know as normal. In the wild they grow as far south as eastern Tasmania (Bicheno) and as far North as the tip of Cape York. There are about 25 or so species in the genus.

A few may be grown in shallow pots or terra cotta trays but most are best suited for mounting. The hosts or mounts we recommend are either black Cyathea tree fern slabs or slabs of cut virgin cork.

A little homework is needed before either mounting or potting to find out what it is you have purchased.
Dockrillia striolata is a rock face grower and is best mounted on Cyathea. Dockrillia bowmannii prefers Cork as does the unusual cucumberinum

Dockrillias require a little more water than typical Dendrobiums mainly because they are mounted. Feeding is with Peters Excel Hi K year round at 1 gram per liter of water. Cyathea mounts can be soaked in a bucket for better absorbency.


Correct names and spelling

Dockrillia bowmanii
Dockrillia brevicauda   
Dockrillia calamiformis 
Dockrillia casuarinae  
Dockrillia caudiculata  
Dockrillia chordiformis
Dockrillia convoluta  
Dockrillia crispata  
Dockrillia cucumerina       
Dockrillia delicata    
Dockrillia desmotrichoides   
Dockrillia dolichophylla 
Dockrillia fairfaxii  
Dockrillia flagellum   
Dockrillia X foederata        
Dockrillia fuliginosa   
Dockrillia nothofageti  
Dockrillia nugentii    
Dockrillia pugioniformis   
Dockrillia racemosa      
Dockrillia ridgida
Dockrillia schoenina   
Dockrillia striolata    
Dockrillia teretifolia       
Dockrillia vagans    
Dockrillia wassellii

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