Light up the garden in the darker months
IF YOU’VE always wanted to grow an orchid but doubted your gardening skills, then cymbidiums are the choice for you. They are one of the hardiest and easiest to grow of all the orchids and make the perfect potted plant.
They flower predominantly during winter and early spring, so really come into their own during July and bring gorgeous colour into the coldest months of the year. Cymbidiums can produce numerous showy spikes of flowers ranging in colour from gorgeous green through to white, cream and yellow, pink and burgundy. Potted cymbidiums can be brought inside for a few weeks to show off their flowers and spikes can also be cut for a vase (they last for weeks).
Here are some easy tips to help you get the best out of your cymbidium orchid.
Choose a warm, frost-free spot with dappled light. Harsh afternoon sun can burn leaves and too little light will reduce flowering. Having a potted cymbidium allows you to move it around to take advantage of the best position.
Cymbidium orchids are native to Asian tropical forests and mountainous regions, where they often grow up in the tree canopy. They require very good drainage, so should be planted in a very well-drained spot in the garden or in a pot with good drainage holes filled with coarse orchid potting mix. Potted orchids should not be left sitting in a saucer of water – it will rot their roots.
Feed cymbidium orchids each week with an orchid liquid plant food from spring through to autumn. Specially formulated orchid food provides the right balance of nutrients to promote leaves and flowers.
Cymbidiums are hardy orchids.