Cymbidium Flowers: A Cute, Colorful Orchid

Cymbidium orchids do best in full sun or light shade conditions and can grow on a regular diet of water and light.

Cymbidium is an extremely native flower. Its flowers are part of a family called the Cymbidium family and are the most abundant of the bunch. Cymbidiums can only be found in Asia and only in a very limited area of the Middle East. Although they were often touted as a luxury, these lovely flowers are often grown as a hobby or for use in gardening. Since their flowers are huge and quite beautiful they are very attractive.

When growing these lovely orchids one of the first things one must do is obtain a good space. These plants can be a challenge to grow, since they are self-seeders.

It is also best to have sandy or slightly loose soil. Cymbidiums do best in full sun or light shade conditions and can grow on a regular diet of water and light. Plant up to the height of your plant’s name (roughly 1 to 2 ft.) in your desired location. Gently check your newly planted cymbidium for any sprouting. Most often, these plants will simply grow from seed. Alternatively, orchids will rarely sprout from seed.

As you wait for your cymbidium to grow, the leaves tend to break away during the first year. These will set up a food source for the plant and will also help with the health of the root system.

Leaves will continue to break down once the plant reaches maturity. During the first few years of growth, the cymbidium will molt during the night, shedding light green leaves to replace them in the morning. Cymbidiums usually produce 8 or more beautiful flowers before this process is complete.

In May or June, the orchid bloom begins to form. This is when the flowers are about as long as the flowers themselves and about as hard to remove as a live tree trunk. However, once these flowers are cut, which is absolutely necessary to cause the problem of blooming, most are unable to form another bloom. This is because they miss the important sugars needed for growth. The result is that the flowers dry out and begin to shrivel and wilt, eventually dying off.

This is why the most popular flower in the orchid family is often referred to as a cymbalamore. A true cymbalamore will remain flower free, almost permanently. Cymbalamsores are usually more tender than orchids with shiny, hard exteriors, and the plants often take longer to become mature.

Cymbidiums are also susceptible to fungal infections. Cymbalamores are attracted to fresh soil and infected by a fungal infection, it will cause a sudden change in color of the blooms.

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