Cymbidium Orchid Care

Cymbidium orchids are one of the oldest cultivated genus of the orchid family. They are popular because of their bright colourful flowers that bloom in the winter and last for two to three months.

Advice on caring for Cymbidium orchids can be found in our series of articles on general orchid care and our beginners guide to orchids. More specific information relating directly to the Cymbidium genus can be found below.

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Cymidium's should be cultivated where the night-time temperature is between 50 and 55 degrees F. In the UK, an internal location such as a greenhouse or conservatory would be required, however in warmer climates they can be grown outside.

Like all orchids, plenty of light is a necessity (although direct sunlight can burn them, so be careful). Plenty of ventilation to allow air to move around the leaves is also important.

Cymbidium orchids will take to most types of orchid potting media (bark seems to work pretty well) and the should be watered regularly to keep them moist. Make sure any excess water is drained away as too much water can cause the roots to rot.

A balanced fertilizer (20-20-20) can be used or alternatively you could try making your own fertilizer.

A humidty level of between 50% and 70% is ideal.