I just bought a 6" orchid cymbidium in HD. It looks lovely with 3
stalks of buds! I put it in my office on top of the pebble tray. I
guess this takes care of the humidity issue. My office temperature is
constant at 65F but I can adjust if necessary. My office does not have
a window but I will have the lights on for about 10 hours for
weekdays. I plan to feed it with MicroGro Azalea Camellia... food
every other week, 1 tsp per gallon concentration.
Are all the above humidity + temperature + light + feed condition good
enough for cymbidium to happily flower in my office? This is my first
year to gardening. Very anxious and excited!
Thanks for any advice!
Don't allow the bottom of the pot to remain in contact with water in the
saucer - make sure the pebbles are deep enough to prevent this. I'd mist
the foliage (avoid the blossoms) daily also - that environment is just too
dry for it and might also be a bit on the cool side. Get a good orchid
fertilizer instead of making do with the Miracid and follow the label
I'd consider it a just a long lasting cut flower - cymbidiums are unlikley
to thrive in that environment and are difficult to get to rebloom.
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Cymbidiums require much more light than you can provide.
Water it, but forget about feeding it until you can get it outside
after it finishes blooming. Then use fertilizer especially formulated
It might struggle along for a while under your conditions, but it will
neither thrive nor re-bloom.
J. Del Col
Some cymbidiums can do well in low light, if it seems to be fading,
take it home and get an oncidium for your office. Those things grow
like weeds. I have a 'Sharry Baby' that sits several feet from a
north window, often unwatered and still gives me an annual spray of
chocolate scented flowers.
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