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Cymbidium Orchids

Botanical name: Cymbidium x hybrida
Family: Orchidaceae
Plant type: Evergreen epiphytic.
Size (HxW): Battle of the Giants: 1m x 90cm
Cascading Orchids: 50-60cm x 50-80cm
Depth and spacing: Plant the crown just below the surface in an orchid mix.
Watering: Water occasionally if rainfall is low. They are quite drought tolerant, however they will not flourish if allowed to dry out for long periods.
Frost tolerance: Keep protected from severe frosts.
Flowering time: June till October.
Planting time: Anytime
Soil: An extremely well drained orchid mix is best suited.
Climate: Cool to Sub-Tropical.
Aspect: A covered or north facing verandah or patio is ideal. They will do well under deciduous or lightly shaded trees. If they are in pots they can be moved from a sunny position during the winter to a well-shaded position during the summer.
Fertilizer: Apply a well-balanced slow release fertilizer during winter.
After flowering care: Cut off spent flower spikes and untidy foliage. Divide in early and mid-spring when pot-bound, or remove back bulbs and pot up after flowering.
Comments: Stock may take 2-3 years before they will flower.

Last Reviewed: 10/27/2004 2:47:49 PM
Keywords: Cymbidium Orchids, plant care, garden care, garden tip, plant guide, garden guide, perennial, flower bulb, spring bulb

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