CYMBIDIUM ORCHIDS ARE EASY TO GROW AND ARE SPECTACULAR HOUSEPLANTS

Orchids are often regarded as exotic plants that are difficult to care for successfully. According to Ken Brown writing on his Gardening Enjoyed website cymbidiums are one of the easiest orchids to grow. Ken describes these orchids as part time houseplants which spend part of the year outside. His article gives details on how to care for the cymbidiums and their flowering period.

Cymbidiums are possibly one of the easiest Orchids to grow as houseplants. I manage to do it! They even have foliage that is not quite ugly. Most Orchids are somewhat unattractive when they are not in bloom; looking a lot like dead leafless sticks. Cymbidiums, have long, rather stiff, grass like leaves all year round. I would never keep a Cymbidium just for its foliage as we do for many of our houseplants but at least it is not seasonally ugly. The amazing bloom stalks in mid winter certainly make up for any lack of interest in the foliage.
Where Do I Keep Them? In my part of the world, USDA zone 4-5, Cdn zone 5-6, Cymbidium Orchids are part time houseplants. They wander outside in early May and stay until October and then rush back inside before the first really hard frost. They will actually tolerate a slight frost or two in the autumn. Summer is the season of rapid growth and they require considerable sunlight and regular feeding. The leaves are very good indicators of the light quality. If they are a rich good looking green colour then the plants are not getting enough light. They should be a nice bright yellowy green. If they get too yellow and start showing brown spotting then the light is too bright and hot for them. I keep mine against a south facing wall but there is a large tree that starts to shade them by mid afternoon. They seem to grow quite well so I must be doing something right.
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