Gardening

Cymbidium: as beautiful as it is easy to grow


The cultivation and care of the cymbidium orchid is among the most accessible of orchids.

It is usually in the heart of winter that we appreciate its magnificent flowering made of clusters of bright and colorful flowers

Here is an easy to maintain flower that will decorate your interior for many months.

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The cymbidium, in its appearance of a tropical plant, is a flower native to rather cold regions and very present on the southern slopes of the Himalayas.

It is appreciated as much for its superb flowering as for its pretty, green and dense foliage.

Exhibition for cymbidium orchid

The location of your cymbidium orchid is essential for it to thrive.

  • The ideal temperature should be between 18 and 21 °
  • Considered as a houseplant, the cymbidium will also be at ease outdoors during the summer months
  • In summer, if you wish, you can take it out on your balcony, terrace or in your garden, out of the sun.
  • In all cases, choose a bright place, but without direct sun.

Blooming cymbidium

After a few weeks of beautiful flowering, the flower wilts and you wonder if it will be able to bloom again.

  • This is quite normal, flowering may last several weeks, but eventually stop.
  • The cymbidium orchid can bloom again after the first flowering

The flower stalk usually appears when the temperature range between day and night begins to be felt (usually in the fall)

> Wait until May before resuming fertilizer application
> Then take your orchid outside but without direct sun during hot hours
> Slowly increase the watering frequency from May until September

Watering the cymbidium

The cymbidium orchid needs to be watered regularly but without letting the water stagnate or cause the roots to rot.

It is therefore preferable to water generously and then let the water flow into a sink, for example.

  • In spring and summer, you will water twice a week especially if the weather is hot.
  • In winter, reduce watering to twice a month.
  • Regularly spray the leaves with water.
  • If your area is very chalky, it is best to take rainwater or mineral water because the orchid is very sensitive to it.

Fertilizer input in cymbidium

Cymbidiums have need for organic matter to support their rapid growth. Cultivation in pots requires some fertilizer inputs to feed the soil which naturally tends to become impoverished.

  • Add green plant food when your cymbidium is developing (leaf growth), usually May through September.
  • The dosage should be half of the dosage indicated on the packaging

Repot cymbidium

Like all houseplants, repottingorchid is part of the life of the plant and its root system.

  • Repotting is important. This is usually done every 2 or 3 years and is essential to help your plant develop.
  • Observe the bottom of the pot to see if the roots still have room to develop.
  • Instead, repot when new roots appear
  • Wait a good month before resuming the fertilizer application
  • Follow our advice for repot an orchid well.

Read also on the maintenance of the orchid:

  • What substrate, soil for an orchid?
  • Common disease in orchids, mealybug
  • Cultivation and maintenance of the Cambria orchid

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Video: A beautiful encounter with a cymbidium orchid garden (October 2020).