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Unread 02-07-2013, 05:08 PM
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Default Cymbidiums- Growing in Florida?

Are there any people growing Cymbidiums that have any idea whether or not these orchids would fare that well in FL year round? It sounds to me like the summer heat would force them inside at the very least.
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Unread 02-07-2013, 08:00 PM
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Cyms can take some heat - shaded during extreme heat. Of course, it cools so much at night where I live, I'm not sure how well they might tolerate heat 24/7.

Most Cyms require a period of cool nights late summer-fall in order to bloom. There are "warmth tolerant" Cyms that do not require the cool nights in fall.

I remember at least one member in Florida that I believe grew standards and warmth tolerant Cyms - I don't know precisely where in Florida he lived, tho...

Hopefully some other members will be able to help more.

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Unread 02-07-2013, 08:46 PM
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We grow them outside all year round here in eastern Australia and it's not uncommon to have lots of days well into the high 30s and even 40s in summer and they grow fine in a spot out of the worst of the hot sun.
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Unread 02-08-2013, 12:44 PM
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Yes, you can grow and bloom a limited variety of Cyms in Florida. Most will be hybrids from the species ensifolium, sinense, the hybrid Cym. Golden Elf and its offspring. Generally speaking, you will not have the big standards, which for the most part want the cooling period in the fall to bloom well. However, there are some which will bloom.

Go to the Search icon on the menu bar of this forum and type in warmth tolerant cyms. There have been several discussions on the subject. Googling the same may bring up some sites also. There are hybridizers specializing in these plants.

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