Dendrobium kingianum, small flowers huge fragrance

These easy-to-grow orchids, native to eastern Australia, put out small purple to lavender to pink flowers with a giant-size fragrance. And they are attractive plants, even when not in bloom. Dendrobium kingianum, also called the pink rock orchid for both its color and natural habitat, grows normally down to 40 degrees, but bring it indoors in the winter. We find they do OK in our warm greenhouse, too, but good air movement helps. These are excellent beginner’s orchids because they can withstand a broad range of temperatures and an occasional lapse in the watering schedule. They do like bright light — early sun, then bright shade. These are freshly repotted in 3.5 inch pots. They stand 10 to 12 inches high. We have a bunch of these and we’ll pick out a nice one for you. Den. kingianum was named for Sir George King, the 19th century director of the Calcutta Botanic Garden. The pictures show the kind of flowers to expect, and one of the plants.

Quick facts

  • Great orchid for beginners
  • Flowers are incredibly fragrant
  • Native to Australia
  • Freshly repotted
  • Blooming size, but not in flower now

Top reviews

Healthy young plant

This is my first dendrobium – and my first orchid that is mounted. My order arrived quickly and the plant is young and healthy. Looking forward to it blooming. Thanks.
FreddaColony, OK