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Cymbidium

This page is meant to give you information and some useful tips about the care of the Cymbidium. You will also find all the Cymbidium species we offer in our assortment.

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Derivation of the name

The name of the Cymbidium derives from the Greek word ‘kumbos’ (cavity), which refers to the shape of the base of the lip.

Features and origin

Cymbidium is a gender with around 50 species spread throughout tropical and subtropical Asia (for instance in the North of India, in China, Japan, Malaysia, the Phillipines and Borneo) and in the North of Australia. They appear in the Himalaya’s, in multiple altitudes in china, but also in the tropical areas of Southeast-Asia.
Cymbidium have a sympodial way of growth and can grow to be around 60 centimetres big. The bunch grows out of the most recent pseudobulb and can grow to be 90 centimetres long. Every flower has a diameter in between the 5 and 10 centimetres. They bloom in winter and every bunch can have 15 or more flowers. The flowers of this gender have a tremendous variety of colours, such as white, green, yellow-green, cream, yellow, brown, pink, red, orange, even black, but not blue. They bloom for around 10 weeks and have a waxy texture with round petals and sepals. Furthermore there is a great diversity in the markings on the flowers.

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Care tips

Place

Put the Cymbidium on a light place, where they won’t burn from excessive exposure to sunlight.
Halfway through May, when the chance at night frost has disappeared, the plant can be placed on a sheltered place in the garden, but not in direct sunlight.
The most appropriate place in the garden is on the West or Northwest side of a well, or in the shadow of a tree.
Around September/October the plants can be brought inside again, at the moment the temperatures drop below 8°C. Always make sure that the plants are inside again before the night frost.

Temperature

A tempertature in between 15 and 20°C should be maintained by day. During the night, a temperature in between 8℃ and 18℃ is recommended. This stimulates a better flower formation. 

Humidity

We advise a humidity between 30% and 60%. This differs per species within the gender and depends on the size of the plant.

Water

Cymbidium need water twice a week in spring and during summer (period of growth).
It’s best to not give the autumn-bloomers water for a while until it starts developing the flower branch. This would be around the end of August, when it starts to rain.
The spring-bloomers can have water, but on a very minimum. Make sure to really give a little. With too much water, they will develop a shoot instead of a flower.
As soon as the flower branches are becoming visual, the Cymbidium need more water. It’s best to do this gradually.

Fertilizer

In spring and during summer, the Cymbidium needs a big amount of fertilizer once a week.
The fertilizer is important, because there won’t be enough sunlight for the Cymbidium. Normally, the sunlight provides the Cymbidium with sugars that are essential to create the growth of flower branches. Therefore it’s harder for the Cymbidium to start blooming without the fertilizer.

Repotting

Cymbidium’s are required to be repotted every 3 to 4 years, when the plant clearly starts to grow out of the pot. The soil should be new and fresh, containing of 80% peat and 20% bark fraction 4 or our Cymbidium potgrond.