Caring for Cymbidium Orchids
The 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.
Caring for your Cymbidium Orchid
Temperature: Cymbidium will tolerate considerable summer heat as long as they get cool, mild night temperatures (between 50-65 degrees Fahrenheit). Cold weather, even down to 28 degrees Fahrenheit for a few hours each night, will not damage an acclimatised plant but once the plant spikes or flowers, it should be protected from temperatures below 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Regardless, plants should always be kept free of frost.
Light: 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.
Water: 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.
Feeding: High nitrogen fertilisers (25-9-9) should be used from February until July, while low nitrogen fertilisers (6-25-25) should be used from August until January. Feed one teaspoon to a gallon of water once a month.
Repot: Repot every two to three years from February to June with a well draining medium. Fine bark is suitable in mild summer climates, whilst a finer medium Orchid mix works well in warmer summer areas.