Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cymbidium orchid care


Cymbidium orchids

Light:  
  • Cymbidiums need high light, but direct light could burn the plant.
  • If the foliage on the plant is dark green and limp, it is an indication the plant needs more light. Ideally, the foliage should be a medium green to yellowish green color.  

Temperature:
  • Cymbidums need bright light, but cool temperatures, especially to promote blooming.
  • Cymbidiums prefer night time temperatures between 50-60°F and 75-85°F during the day. 
  • In winter months, the ideal temperatures are 45-55°F at night and 65-75°F during the days.  
  • It is very important that temperatures are consistent during blooming to prevent bud drop.  
Water:  
  • Cymbidiums need to be watered consistently during the spring and summer months. During the winter months watering should be reduced. 
  • The best way to water cymbidiums is to remove them from their decorative pots and flush them with water for 1 to 2 minutes under a faucet. If that is not possible, you can also place 5 or so ice cubes on the bark once a week. 

Humidity:  
  • During the summer months the ideal humidity level is 70% humidity. In winter 40-60% humidity is adequate. 
  • It is important to keep air circulating around the plant to prevent fungus.   

Feeding:  
  • During the growing season cymbidiums need a fertilizer than is high in nitrogen like 30-10-10 or a ratio that is similar. 
In winter, it is recommended to fertilize once per month, but only after watering to avoid burning.   

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