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Cymbidium




cymbidiums

cymbidiums

Cymbidium orchids are usually lightly scented and come in a variety of yellows, whites, pinks, reds and purples.

Cymbidium orchids need lots of light so after blooming put them in a south facing window. They also like it cool, so find a drafty window or door to place them by.

Once you are sure that it will stay above freezing, transfer this plant outside and bring it in just after your first frost. Cymbidiums will handle temperatures down to 28’F and need some cold nights or they won’t flower.

I find these guys grow best in a dirt and bark mix, about half and half of each. Try not to transplant them often they are finicky and sometimes won’t bloom for a year after being re-potted. I fertilize them only when re-potting them. I fertilize in the spring and the fall for the outside ones.

Water, before they get dry, about once a week inside. I take them to the sink and let the water run into the pot for several minutes. Once the water has drained out I place them back where they belong.

These may be divided when they outgrow the pot. Be sure to have at least three, but preferably more, bulbs per division. Plant the older bulbs near the edge of the pot and the newer bulbs towards the middle where they will have room to grow.

See also:
General orchid care

More Info:
Cymbidium Society of America

Useful things:
Shultz Starter Plus