Cymbidium

An old time favourite but can grow to large plants.

Between 40 and 50 species of Cymbidium grow in the old world tropics but there are also many hundreds of hybrids. Modern hybrids have been bred to be smaller but can still grow to a large diameter.  Cymbidium should be given copious water and fertilizer when in growth which is during the summer months. To get plants to flower the following year,  a period of cooling must take place at the end of the growing season. The flowers are extremely showy with long stems holding as many as 10 to 20 three inch blooms. A well grown plant may have a number flower spikes all open at the same time. The smaller modern types have smaller flowers but are equally as spectacular. Plants flower for 6 to 8 weeks during the winter and spring. Plants are usually considered to be cool growing and may need special care in centrally heated homes.

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