Goto Special Orchids - Dendrobium Avril's Gold and Hybrids
Den Avril's Gold 'Dell'
'Dell' was acquired about 4 years ago from Don Cruickshanks, it was named after his wife.
Pod parent Aussie Child 'Avril' and pollen parent speciosum var spec. Windermere.
A lovely strong orchid with a vigorous growth habit.
A golden flower with strong red markings
I was endeavouring to grow 'Dell' into a specimen orchid, but, due to the number of flower spikes and ANOS Judging Rules (to judge all flower spikes - against AOC rules where one flower spike is chosen) it was never going to be considered for an award other than cultural - big orchid with many flower spikes, but, at different stages of development means that it is difficult to present well.
In 2016 it was decided to split 'Dell' into 4 large pieces and one very small back-cut - as this is an important orchid I will keep a list of the individuals that have purchased 'Dell' from me in order for confirmation of provenance.
For the 2017 season I do not expect a spectacular flowering due to the repotting and to date the pieces are only producing a single growth. However, in 2018 I am expecting several new growths and a piece of 'Dell' being of sufficient strength to produce a good showing of flowers - time will tell