Monday, February 11, 2013

Cymbidium: antidote to a blizzard

Braving the snowy roads was worthwhile, if only because of the blooms waiting inside.

 I feel a special happiness when I get a Cymbidium to rebloom.

It's not hard once you nail down the rules, but it took me a while to figure it out.

1)  Move it outside in summer, into dappled light.
2)  Leave it out till the last possible minute, just before frost.
3)  Bring it into a lightly used space (spare bedroom?) where the lights can be left off and the heat kept low.  I leave the temperature at 50F and try not to turn the lights on after the sun goes down, so as not to disrupt the orchid's perception of day length.
4)  You'll probably only need to water about once every two weeks in this low temp/low light environment.
5)  Buds start to form about three months later.  The flowers take another month to fully open and last for several more.

Sure helps get me through the winter.


At February 12, 2013 at 6:12 AM , Anonymous Alessaundra said...


At February 12, 2013 at 9:56 AM , Blogger Mum said...

The cymbidium is glorious. I'm trying to think of a perfect resting spot for the winter months. Nice to have a master gardner in the family! Love, Mum

At February 12, 2013 at 10:14 AM , Anonymous Mark said...

Beauteous! And what it balm it must be against the cold landscape outdoors. Brava, I say. I'm singing "Orchid Queen" to Abba's "Dancing Queen" right now. I really am.

At February 12, 2013 at 2:30 PM , Anonymous Leda Meredith said...

Gorgeous. Even just looking at the photos was a good antidote to winter cabin fever.

At February 15, 2013 at 8:45 PM , Blogger elizabeth said...

Beautiful! I found your blog searching for green soapstone countertops - can you tell me how yours are holding up? Have they gotten darker with age? Any suggestions? It's a large financial commitment and I'd greatly appreciate knowing your experience. Thank you!

At March 27, 2013 at 5:20 PM , Blogger molly said...

RK just had to tell me the other day (he felt it worth repeating, as he saw me lead some plants outside...) that not all plants like the outdoors. Oops. With this LA weather I can't help but think EVERYTHING likes to be outside!


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