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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Cymbidium Orchids- The king of all Orchids

Orchids are one of the most popular flowers Sydney has to offer and Cymbidium Orchids are amongst the most popular of the genus.
Cymbidium Orchids are one of the oldest cultivated Orchids in the world, there are records of them being cultivated in China 200 BC and were called "the King Of Orchids" by Confucius.
The flower stem on Cymbidium will last on the plants for approx 2 months and can last in a vase for almost as long.

Cymbidiums can be grown in all parts of Australia but in colder areas some protection from a green house is needed.
Cymbidiums will grow in the ground but will rarely ever flower, so they should be planted in pots in an Orchid Potting Mixture. This also allows you to move the plant around so that during the summer months you are able to give them some protection from any hot afternoon sun and then as the weather cools in Autumn you can bring them out into more sunlight to encourage flower bud development.
Fertilising should be done throughout the year to encourage leaf growth during the growing season (summer) and flowering during the flowering season ( winter). Use a slow release fertiliser every 3 months but from February onwards start feeding every week with Aquasol soluble fertiliser to encourage flowering in Winter.
Cymbidiums need regular watering, every second day during the warmer months but every day in temperatures over 30 degrees.
When your plant outgrows its current pot, you can either split it up and re pot it or simply re pot it into a larger pot. If you decide to split the plant you will usually lose a season or two of flowering.

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