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Orchid-Cymbidium 17 Replies

Started by Hildegarde Fischer. Last reply by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia Apr 13.

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Started by Ashley Kennedy. Last reply by Carol McIntyre/Zn5/WI Jul 3, 2012.

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Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on December 8, 2013 at 1:32am

Coral, I am lucky to be able to leave my orchids outside all year and I get that people in different climates have different ways of growing plants, the main thing is that we all enjoy it. I think the main thing with Orchids in side or out is that they don,t like their roots to be too wet.

Comment by Carol McIntyre/Zn5/WI on December 7, 2013 at 4:49am

Keryn, your orchids are lovely.  I'm in north east WI, USA zone 5.  It gets bitterly cold here occasionally (this morning it is minus 3*F).  I keep my orchids indoors as they could only be outside about half the year, and then when brought back in for the winter may have picked up bugs or pests of some sort.

I find phalenopsis the easiest to grow and more compact so as to fit into my sun room better. ;-)

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on December 7, 2013 at 12:26am

Yes I agree with Carol, and perhaps sit them in a basket or another fancy pot for looks.  The cymbidiums are a big variety, there are bigger and lots smaller. I find cymbidiums are the easiest to grow for a beginner, some of the daintier ones need hot houses and a lot TLC. Scale and snails are the worst pests. I would also leave the moss out, its hold moisture and they don,t like to be wet. Water regular but make sure they are not sitting in water, they will rot. Spray the foliage more than water the roots.

Comment by Carol McIntyre/Zn5/WI on December 6, 2013 at 7:52am

I would suggest you save your money and use plain plastic pots with drainage in the bottom.  The orchids will be just as happy in them. 

Comment by Joann Hopper on December 6, 2013 at 6:49am

Wow those are beautiful .. I didnt realize they actually get that big . The only ones I have ever seen are in 4 in pots haha thanks for sharing those pics .... love love the burgundy one.   I am not sure what I have. When I got them they the blooms had died off and the plant was half dead. I replanted them in some moss Orchid soil . Need to get me some orchid pots with the holes in the side . If they make it untils spring, I will . 

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on December 5, 2013 at 9:47pm

In nature orchids grow in the forks of tropical trees with filtered light from the canopy. I just use any fine pine bark with mine, they have to drain really well. They do not flower until they are tight in the pot. I have seen the most neglected orchids in plastic pots split down the sides as happy as can be in full bloom.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on December 5, 2013 at 9:30pm

Also this cymbidium is still in flower in summer, six months after it first flowered. Its a bit knocked about from wind , rain, and we have had some hail in that time. Its under a weeping cherry but is still fairly exposed. They are a tougher than people think.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on December 5, 2013 at 9:24pm

This cymbidium orchid budded six months ago in winter here in Australia, I moved in side to open up and it has been flowering for all that time and still looks great. I moved it back outside because the leaves are starting to yellow and I don,t want to lose the plant for the sake of the flower.

Comment by Carol McIntyre/Zn5/WI on December 5, 2013 at 7:02pm

Good luck  ;-)

Comment by Joann Hopper on December 5, 2013 at 6:30pm

Why yes they are and i was curious about whether they needed to be covered up . Thank you for that information. I bought these on clearance at lowes and they werent in the greatest condition. But they are growing new leaves and growing thise roots up. I researched today and found that I should cut the old stem off. I will do that tomorrow. I have had these since september.

 

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