Cymbidium Orchid Growing – How To Care For Cymbidium Orchids

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By Anne Baley

If you’re looking for an orchid variety to grow outdoors, the Cymbidium orchid is probably the best choice you can make. They need a lot of light in order to produce their long sprays of blooms and can tolerate cooler temperatures more so than many other orchid varieties. Cymbidium orchid growing is a good way for beginners to start, especially if they have a plot of protected soil outdoors they want to fill. If you want to take a first step into the world of orchids, look for information about Cymbidium orchid varieties.

Cymbidium Orchid Growing

What is a Cymbidium orchid? It’s a native of tropical areas of Australia and Asia. Cymbidiums are prized for their long sprays of blooms, which make lovely arrangements as well as corsages. Their thick, waxy petals open in the spring and often remain on their stems for up to two months.

Cymbidium orchids are different from most other varieties in that they thrive on cooler weather and often won’t even bloom if the daytime temperature gets too hot. They do need a lot of moisture, however, so think about a cooler jungle when you’re considering the environment where you want to plant them.

How to Care for Cymbidium Orchids

Cymbidium orchid care is just as detailed as that of other orchids, but it can be simpler if you already have the right environment at hand. These orchids love bright, cool places with a lot of moisture in the air. Florida winters are ideal, as are the northern states in the summer.

The first ingredient you need for successful Cymbidium growing is sunlight. Make sure they are planted where they get full sun during the entire day. If you live in a particularly warm environment, give the flowers shade during the heat of the day. You can tell if they are getting enough sunlight when the leaves are a bright, yellow-green, not a dark green.

Cymbidiums can tolerate cooler weather; in fact, they prefer it. However, if the temperature at night falls below 40 F. (4 C.), bring the plants in and store them in a cool basement overnight. If you have access to a bright enclosed porch, this is ideal for winter storage.

Care for Cymbidium orchids moisture needs by giving them a constant source of water. The potting medium should be constantly moist, but not dripping wet. Stand the pot on a tray of pebbles and keep a pool of water in the pebbles, if you’re going to grow your orchids indoors.

Wait two or three years before you repot your orchid. This variety seems to like being a little crowded in its pot. When you see the little pseudobulbs pushing out through the potting medium, it’s time to give your plant a new home.

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