Care for Orchids

How to Care for Cymbidium Orchids

Cymbidium orchids have large flowers and are usually grown for corsages or cut flowers. Each spike can have up to 30 flowers, measuring up to six inches each. They will still look great at least two months after being cut. If you want to grow one of these plants, there are a few things you need to know. This article will give you a few tips on caring for these plants.


Cymbidiums are naturally found in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. Therefore, it's best to provide them with an approximate temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit in the daytime. At night, the temperature should be cooler, ranging from 50 to 65 degrees. These orchids are quite hardy as they can survive exposure to extreme temperatures for a short while.


Cymbidium orchids like to drink a lot of water and stay moist. Make sure you give them plenty of water, making sure to wet the pot thoroughly. During their active growth beginning in March and ending in October, it's especially important to provide an adequate amount of water. In other months, it's safe to keep the potting mix a slightly drier.


These plants will grow best if you keep them outside for most of the year. They prefer to be exposed to as much light as possible. Beware though that you shouldn't expose them to direct, intense sunlight. This will only burn the leaves. The orchid's leaves will be firm and light green when they are provided with the right amount of light.


From January to July, cymbidium orchids should be given fertilizer twice a month. During the cooler winter months, you should keep them drier and feed them less. You can apply fertilizer once a month from August to December.


These plants will bloom better if you keep them in their pot. So, don't disturb them unnecessarily. You'll know it's time for a new pot when the pseudo-bulbs come up against the edge of the pot. It's best to wait to repot your plant after it has bloomed.

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