How to care for cymbidium orchids
These are the toughest and most versatile of orchids and can grow in practically any part of Australia.
If not growing on a tree or a board, put in pots with pine bark for good drainage. For more flowers, make them snug in their containers, rather than swimming. Don’t forget, roots work to stabilise the plant, not draw nutrients and water.
Filtered light – the beauty of cymbidiums is you can grow them in pots, hanging baskets or on boards and can move them around for dappled light.
In winter once a week, in summer once a day.
Twice a year – think Mother’s Day in May and Melbourne Cup Day in November – with food high in potassium and phosphorous.
Free draining orchid mix soil is best. Don’t forget the pine bark for good drainage.
Are cymbidiums hard to grow?
Cymbidium orchids are a great choice for the beginner gardener.
Can you grow cymbidium orchids in pots?
Cymbidiums can be grown in pots both indoors and outdoors as long as the conditions are right.
For you to know:
About 70% of orchids are epiphytes and grow on other plants. They use their roots to attach themselves to the plants but aren’t parasitic and don’t use their roots to draw nutrients from the host plant.
Instead they get their water from moist tropical air and nutrients from other plant litter. When taken out of their natural environment, the aim is to mimic their natural conditions as much as possible.
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