Dendrobium jenkinsii occurs in Hainan China, Assam, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Laos as a miniature to small-sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte. I love this guy for his densely packed, slightly flattened pseudobulbs with a single leaf that create a mat of orchid loveliness. It’s a beautiful plant if you’re a form lover, and it produces stunning egg yolk yellow flowers in the spring for you flower lovers.
This species and its cousin, D. lindleyi need a cool dry winter rest to ensure a spring blooming. You will often see D. lindleyi, D. aggregatum, and D. jenkinsii listed interchangeably. They are difficult to impossible to distinguish without flowers. Jay Pfal says that D. jenkinsii is often confused with D. lindleyi but this species has a few flowered inflorescence while the other has many flowers. Dendrobium jenkinsii has a bilobed lip while D lindleyi is entire. He further states that D. jenkinsii “is almost always tagged by growers as D. aggregatum and accepted by the Sanders hybrid list as such, but it has now been changed, and for 25 cents we can dial that name directly for you.” Cracks me up.
Though typically grown mounted, I have found Dendrobium jenkinsii grows very well in a pot, as well. These plants come potted; however, I do have D. lindleyi in pots and you can always mount the plants yourself!
Light: Moderate to Bright
Water: Water well in summer, back off in winter