About twenty years ago, I purchased two of this species from Orchids by Hausermann in Chicago. This is a great orchid source, and they ship to Canada!
Dendrobiums are not really ‘my thing’ …. I like Cattleyas and Cymbidiums more. But, every year, this scraggly plant puts on an insane show of flowers that even I cannot believe. I view it as a drag-queen-as-a-plant . A non-descript office clerk /bank teller/computer geek or mechanic who is patiently waiting to perform a fabulous drag show once a year. This plant has an alter-ego for sure. I swear that is what this orchid does.
Originating in India/and there-abouts, this orchid likes bright light and to get a bit dry quite often. I neglect it . The odd squirt with the hose, maybe a fertilizing if I happen to be using a hose-end sprayer of liquid plant food on my other orchids once or twice a year…. but, sadly, no love or fuss. It has always been in the same 5″ clay pot. It has always been in the same moss/bark mix, with most of its roots on the outside of the clay pot, happily being dry.
If you find one of these for sale at an orchid show, or order one online, (they are not expensive), expect a dreary, almost leafless cane or two. Keep it frost-free, bright, not soggy and when you see swollen flower buds forming on the side of the stem, put on your huge wig and join the show !