2 – CYMBIDIUM (Cymbidium species and hybrids)
TEMPERATURE 50–75°F (10–24°C)
LIGHT Bright indirect
HEIGHT & SPREAD 2 x 2ft (60 x 60cm)
for miniatures, and 4 x 21⁄2ft
(1.2 x 0.75m) for standards
This free-flowering orchid will brighten up your home from late fall to spring, when few other plants are at their best.
The stems of large blooms emerge from between strap-shaped green leaves, creating an explosion of color.
The named hybrids are easier than the species, and there are two types to choose from : large “standards” that can grow up to 4ft (1.2m), and the smaller, more popular “miniatures,” which are ideal for a windowsill.
In spring and summer, allow the top of the potting soil to dry out between waterings, and water from above with unsoftened water, making sure that any excess can drain away.
Reduce watering to once every 2 weeks in winter. Place on a tray of wet pebbles.
Apply a half-strength general liquid fertilizer with every third watering in spring, then switch to special orchid fertilizer throughout summer.
PLANTING AND CARE
Plant in a 6–8in (15–20cm) opaque pot in special orchid potting medium (or a 6:1:1 mix of composted bark, perlite, and charcoal).
This ground-dwelling orchid does not have aerial roots, and does not need a clear pot.
Stand in bright light all year, out of direct summer sun. Ideally, set it on a partly shaded patio outdoors in summer and early fall (before the frosts), when plants need a distinct drop between day and night temperatures to form flower buds.
In late fall, keep in a cool room, ideally below 59°F (15°C), bring into a slightly warmer room to flower. Repot every year or two in spring.