Boat Orchid

Cymbidium spp.

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Cymbidium is a genus of 52 evergreen species, The genus name comes from the latin cymba meaning boat. Distributed throughout tropical and subtropical Asia and northern Australia they can produce racemes up to 90cm high in a fantastic range of colours that can last 10 weeks.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Winter

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Division

Divide plants at re-potting if they have become over-large, or if some of the pseudobulbs (swellings at the base) have died and turned brown. Select divisions with three healthy pseudobulbs, discarding older or shrivelled material. Divisions will take about two to three years to flower again

Special features

Origin

Tropical and subtropical Asia and northern Australia

Environment

Light

Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Orchidaceae

Flower colour

Multi coloured

Scent

None

Problems

Can suffer from Tobacco mosaic virus & cymbidium mosaic potexvirus. They can also be attacked by mealy bugs, red spider mite, aphids, slugs & snails.
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