Preferred location & lighting: In general, Cymbidiums like a spot with protection from hot sun, heavy winds & direct frosts where the atmosphere is bright & airy. A covered, north facing verandah or patio is ideal.
Orchids are also excellent under deciduous trees or lightly shaded trees. Positions open to the south west winds of Winter tend to be too cold whilst those with Northerly positions tend to get too hot and "sun burnt" in Summer.
Note: If your orchid is growing lush green leaves & few flowers, this is generally an indications that your orchids are too shaded.
Judging the ideal light level: It's easy to test for the ideal level of light by holding out your hand. If it casts a light shadow, then this is the ideal light level.
Potting your orchids: Orchids are best potted in a orchid potting mix because most soils can not offer sufficient drainage. The bulbs we supply can comfortably fit into a 6"-7" pot & be left there for about 3 years (or until the bulbs are crowded against the edges of the pot).
The bulbs should only be 1/3 - 1/2 buried which is deep enough to anchor the bulbs but not deep enough to induce rotting.
Suitable climates: Orchids can most easily be grown in the cooler climates of Australia. Generally, the more mild the climate, the poorer the flowering.
Frost: Orchids will endure temperatures as low as -20C or -30C (280F). However, if a heavier frost threatens, it is best to protect the plant (eg: cover it or move the pot indoors overnight).
Watering: Cymbidiums require water all year round. Although these plants are quite drought proof, they will not flourish (or flower) if allowed to dry out for long periods. It is ideal to keep the soil slightly moist. In Summer this means you may have to water 2 - 3 times a week & in Winter maybe once a week if the plant is under cover.
Soil: Cymbidiums have thick roots which are designed to grow on trees & in leaf litter and hence require plenty of air around them. Because of this Cymbidiums will not grow well in normal soils or potting mixes because they are generally too heavy. Therefore it is ideal to plant in a Orchid mix which is easily purchased from most nurseries & garden centres.
Fertilising: Feeding is critical to flowering because without sufficient food, the plant's bulbs will not grow large enough to flower in the following year. The easiest way to feed your Orchids is by applying a slow release fertilsier in Spring.
For even better results, you can supplement a slow release fertiliser with liquid feeding during the warmer months.
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