Orchid Growing & Care Tips
popularity of miniature Cymbidium is now spreading from Asia to
the worldwide orchid community. These ancient flowers have been
treasured, in numerous societies, for nearly two thousand years.
Many orchid lovers are most charmed by its fragrance and form rather
than its petite size.
Cymbidium will tolerate considerable summer heat as long as they
get cool, mild night temperatures (between 50-65 degrees F.). Cold
weather, even down to 28 degrees F. for a few hours each night,
will not damage an acclimatized plant, but once the plant spikes
or flowers, it should be protected from temperatures below 35 degrees
F. Regardless, plants should always be kept free of frost.
Your Cymbidium enjoys the morning and afternoon sun most, yet should
be protected from the hot mid-day sun. A light green leaf with just
a hint of yellow indicates the maximum amount of sun the plant can
take, and a dark green leaf indicates not enough sun.
Watering of Cymbidium is a delicate balancing act. They should not
be allowed to go dry, yet they don't care for a soggy environment
either. Watering once every seven to ten days is about right. As
with everything else, special consideration must be given for the
drying effects of varying ambient air temperature and humidity.
High nitrogen fertilizers (25-9-9) should be used from February
until July, while low nitrogen fertilizers (6-25-25) should be used
from August until January. Feed one teaspoon to a gallon of water
once a month.
Repot every two to three years from February to June with a well-draining
medium. Fine bark is suitable in mild summer climates, while a finer
medium Orchid Mix works well in warmer summer areas.