- Cymbidium hybrid
A cool-growing orchid you can keep outside in the UK during the warmer months.
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Cymbidium is part of the Orchidaceae family and is thought to be the oldest cultivated orchid. They have a semi-terrestrial growth habit, producing 3-5 pseudobulbs wrapped by long, grasslike leaves. They grow bigger each year, producing more flower spikes. This is a cascading type of Cymbidium so blooms are smaller than the standard type and they have a pendant blooming habit; they look best displayed in a hanging pot. Flower displays can be very dense, sometimes growing to cover the pot.
Genus name is derived from the Latin word cymba which means ‘cup’, ‘bowl’ or ‘boat’; this is in reference to the hollow recess in the labellum of the flower.
Light: Plenty of indirect light all year round, 2500-3000 ft. candles. Leaves should be a medium to golden green in colour, not dark green. An east or west facing position is recommended. If leaves begin yellowing, move to a shadier spot.
Watering: Keep moist, watering in the morning is thought to prevent the loss of new growth.
Potting mix: Ideally pot in a chunky mix made up of pine bark, sphagnum moss and some horticultural charcoal. Repotting is usually done in the spring after flowering, roughly every two years or when the potting medium decomposes. Repot into plant pots where there is just enough room for the following year's growth.
Temperature: Daytime temperature between 10-20˚C with summer temperatures up to 30˚C. Night temp 10-12˚C. It is recommended that you move Cymbidium outside when the risk of frost has passed and night time temperatures don’t fall below 10˚C. Keep them out for as long as possible, up until just before the first frost (end of May until mid September). Position in morning sun with light shade for the rest of the day. It is the lower temperatures in late summer and early autumn encourage the plant to produce flower spikes. When your plant is in bud, keep the temperature as constant as possible.
Fertilising: Feed every other watering when you observe active growth, flushing the mix occasionally to prevent build up of salts.
Humidity: 50-75% with good air circulation.
Blooming information: The creamy-white flowers are often produced in winter, typically lasting 4-8 weeks. When the flowers are spent, cut down the flowered stem to the base.
Some sources say Cymbidium is non-toxic, others cite that they contain quinone so use your own judgement regarding placement.
Delivery & Returns
Please be aware that your plant may vary from the picture as this is a living item. Variations of shape and colour are perfectly natural and to be expected. We will send you a plant as close to the picture and description as possible. The picture shown is an example of what's in stock unless stated otherwise.
Our plants are sent with a detailed care guide to help you look after them. You must provide the adequate conditions to keep them alive.
Shipping & Delivery
We can only ship within the UK. Orders from abroad cannot be fulfilled and will be cancelled & refunded.
We pack and ship all orders on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to prevent plants waiting in transit over the weekend.
We do send all our plants via next day delivery, however couriers can sometimes take longer.
We guarantee our plants 14 day from receipt. We guarantee to send happy and healthy plants, however, it is your responsibility to care for them and we cannot be held responsible for neglect or mis care. Please send us a picture within 24 hours of receiving your plant and we'll help you out with your issue.
If returning your order, please keep all original packaging and use this to send the plant back to us. This will ensure the plant is kept as safe as possible on its return.
To allow the plant to acclimatise in its new home, there should be no repotting of the plant for a minimum of 14 days after receipt. If any plant has been repotted or a cutting has been taken then we are not able to accept returns.
We are happy to replace your plant if it is very badly damaged in transport. The loss of a leaf in transport on a healthy plant should not generally be cause for any concern. We cannot give a refund for snapped leaves.
Caring for your new leafy green friends
Please don’t put me on or close to a radiator, the heat will dry me out.
Take me out of any ceramic pots when watering to stop my roots rotting.
I need light to survive. Please give me light!
I don’t like draughts! Keep me away from any cold spots in the house.