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Old 11-29-2018, 11:50 PM
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Since Lois Duffins nursery is no more, there is very little Cymbidium production in the Northeast, so I have started to increase my Cymbidium collection. In early Dec 2017, I purchased 150 plugs from Hawaii, mostly seedlings, but also a few meristems.

In that batch, I got 5 Cym dayanum. They were small, but just starting new growths from the base of the original seedling ('bulb' smaller than a pea). I put them into a 5" compot with my regular terrestrial Cymbidium mix.

By July I started to break up the compots, and potted them individually in deep 4" square pots. Most were by then setting 3-4 new growths. One of these plants only set a single new growth, but it spiked and was in bloom by Thanksgiving (= 50 weeks from receipt as plug size).

In this group there are also a lot of warmth tolerant hybrids. These now have 'large walnut' size bulbs and are starting the next growth; I have some hope that I might see a few spikes from these in another year.

The mix that gives me this type of growth (combined with fertilizing every 2 weeks) consists of:
  • 3 parts chunky peat
  • 2 parts composted manure
  • 1 part bark
  • 1 part perlite
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Hi Kim! I am new to Cymbidiums and since I grow in the home under lights, I have been having bad luck trying to find the warm growing hybrids. I found a 'little black sambo' which looked healthy but bringing it home and repotting, two bulbs were rotten so I had to divide and get ride of almost half the plant, I do have three healthy bulbs on one cutting. Which hybrids would you recommend for the home grower which don't need as much cooling?

I have always been in awe of Cymbidiums as they make gorgeous show plants when in bloom and I love the foliage but have always been scared to try!

Thanks!
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Most of the hybrids coming out of Hawaii are warmth tolerant, and often 'table top' size, which means not quite full size. Some of these are Vanna White 'Mana', Peter Torch, Ming 'Emperor', Sanbar Perfection, Valerie Absolonova, and many others.

However, I put all of my mature Cymbidiums, irrespective of type, outside into full sun as soon as the last frost date has passed, and leave them there till first frost is forecast. That gives me a little sunburn, but much better growth & blooming.
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