Of all the orchid genera, the Cymbidium orchid is one of the easier to care for, particularly if you want your orchids outside for much of the year. Because most commercially available Cymbidium orchids are terrestrials, they must have special, loose media to grow in. Typically, they thrive in a medium or fine fir bark mix or a specified Cymbidium potting mix. While this guide provides specific tips for one orchid, make sure to review Orchid Care Guide for All Types which provides general orchid care instruction relevant to Cymbidiums.
Cymbidiums are a large group of grassy-leaved plants requiring different culture depending on the group they belong to. The classic hybrids are divided into 2 groups, called standards and miniatures. The standards are large-flowered, and usually lack fragrance. The miniatures are small-flowered, and also usually lack fragrance. For our purposes, we will lump them together as "Classic Hybrids". I will talk about the specific needs of each group below, but first I will cover general topics that apply to ALL cymbidium groups.
Growing heat-tolerant cymbidiums (HTCs) in tropical climates is easy and low maintenance. The ease is comparable to growing dendrobium hybrids, which is usually the starting point for beginners. HTCs generally can stand the impact of rainfall; therefore they do not need a rainproof roof.
(by Kobsukh Kaenratana)
Anyone who has ever grown cymbidiums knows that these wonderful plants are probably the most robust growers of all the orchid family. One of the easiest but often misunderstood ways of propagating cymbidiums is through the growing of the dormant backbulbs. There is a natural tendency for these plants to drop their leaves and produce backbulbs, which, when separated at the time of repotting and sprouted, may be used to increase the size of one's collection quite easily. In this manner, one small plant may be grown and propagated into many within just a few years.
(by James Rose)
- blooming phase: late fall to winter in the northern hemisphere, keeping its blooms until spring
- growing phase: spring through early fall
- dormancy: fall – winter
Valued for their ease of care and stunning blooms, cymbidium orchids (Cymbidium spp.) can produce 30 or more 2- to 5-inch flowers on a single stem. The long-lasting blossoms remain two months or longer on the plant and up to one month as cut flowers. Special bloom fertilizers enhance cymbidium flowers when properly timed. Fertilizing according to cymbidium growth and rest cycles will maximize your cymbidium's blooms.
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