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How to Make Cymbidium Orchids Bloom


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Orchids are a unique and exotic flower. They have become popular with home growers due to their delicate, beautiful flowers and long blooming times. Cymbidium orchids are a cold-tolerant breed of orchid from the mountains of China and Japan. Like all orchids, their needs are specific. Give the plants the care they need to encourage your cymbidium orchids to bloom.

Difficulty:
Easy

Instructions

things you’ll need:
  • Potting medium
  • Pot
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Stake
  • Clip
    1. Pot cymbidium orchids in an appropriate medium. Fill a 3- to 6-inch pot halfway with perlite, bark, redwood compost, fern fiber, peat moss or vermiculite, and then moisten it. Spread the orchid’s roots over the potting foundation and put more of the medium over the roots to fill the pot. A good potting medium with adequate air circulation will encourage orchid blooming.
    2. Place your pot in a spot where it will get enough light for cymbidium orchid growing. Your cymbidium orchid needs at least 12 hours of filtered sunlight or UV light every day, especially during the springs, summer and fall growing season. Inadequate light is the most common reason for failed cymbidium orchid blooming.
    3. Water cymbidium orchids two to three times a week in summer and once a week in winter. Fertilize the orchid with 10-10-10 fertilizer once a month with your waterings to give cymbidium orchids the nutrition required for blooming.

Tips & Warnings

  • An orchid’s life cycle includes many "blooms," which include shoots flowering and then dying, to be replaced by new shoots. This is a natural occurrence that can’t be altered.

  • Stake your cymbidium orchid shoot to support it. Place a stake in the potting medium, next to the shoot, and clip the shoot to the stake.

  • Overwatering and over fertilizing orchids can cause root rot, and keep the orchids from blooming.

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