Cymbidiums are the easiest of all orchids to grow and they are the most widely grown orchid. Most species come from Asia and their range extends from India and Japan down to Australia which has three species. The majority grow at high altitudes whee warm humid days and cool nights are common in Summer with cool, dry conditions during Winter. There are over 50 species and thousands of hybrids available.
Cymbidiums require some shade (30%-50%) in Summer but only enough to stop leaf burn. this can b provided by shade cloth over the roof of a shade house or broken shade from trees in the garden. During Winter they need no shade at all. In order to flower well, they like a lot of light, preferably morning sunshine, broken shade during midday and some follow up sun in the afternoon. However, too much sun will yellow the leaves. Too little will result in lush green growth but no flower.
Cymbidiums need to be watered heaviest during the hot Summer months, sometimes twice a day in order to keep the media moist. During Winter watering can be tapered off and once a week would be sufficient, except when windy conditions dry the medium out.
- Cook, Terry. “Growing Orchids in Australia” Golden Press, Silverwater, NSW, 1989
- Chuckie’s Blog Cymbidium Tracyanum
- How to Grow Cymbidiums
- How I Repot Cymbidiums by Brian Milligan
- Cymbidium Species – Month by Month by Stephen Early
- Staking Cymbidiums by Alan Hope
- Married to Cymbidiums by John Kenter
- Striking Back-Bulbs: Advice for Novice Growers by Brian Milligan
- Companion Plants for Cymbidiums by Brian Milligan
- Species Responsible for our Standard Cymbidium Hybrids by Julian Coker and Brian Milligan
- Cymbidium Pacesetters by Julian Coker
- Potting Mixes for Cymbidiums by Julian Coker
- Cymbidiums for Beginners by Brian Milligan
- Cymbidium Hybrids for the Show Bench by Ern Kettle
- Cymbidiums and Frost by Julian Coker
- My Cymbidium Mix by Rex Johnson
- Cymbidium Culture by Julian Coker
- Cymbidiums for Show Collections by Julian Coker
- A Beginner’s Guide to Staking Cymbidium Spikes by Brian Milligan
- Cymbidium devonianum by Ron Schliefert
- Cymbidium pumilum or Cymbidium floribundum by Brian Milligan
For further information on Cymbidiums and other orchid varieties, see the Orchid Societies Council of Victoria (OSCOV) Website under the section Articles & Resources.
- See also our Cymbidium photo gallery.
- For further information about orchid care at Southern Suburbs Orchid Society (SSOS) or membership enquiries, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.
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