Kind of orchid?

Discussion in 'Orchidaceae (orchids)' started by marionm, Jan 6, 2008.

  1. marionm

    marionm Member

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    Can someone ID this orchid for me. I don't even know what sort it is. It was given to me. Thank you.
     

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    chimera Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Cymbidium of some kind?
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Definitely. Be sure to look up cultivation requirements as these often do not succeed under ordinary indoor conditions. Some wild Cymbidiums are cloud forest plants growing in cooler mountain climates, others grow at lower, hotter elevations. One like yours will likely be a garden hybrid that may like it either cool or warm. When there was an orchid nursery near me many years ago now the cymbidium house had big fans that were going much of the time, making the building feel almost like a cooler when walked into.
     
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    Thank you for typing my orchid. If anyone can help with any special care directions: I have had this plant for about 9 months. It kept its flowers for a long time in the house. In the summer I put it outside against a north facing wall and left it there, basically ignoring it but watering it occasionally until October. It has been in the house at a north window since then and seems healthy. This is a large plant so I have set in on the floor beside the non-moving part of a sliding door that gets opened a few times a day as people go in or out. Since it has kept healthy so far, I've decided to keep it there. (Initially, I thought it was too big and was thinking it wouldn't survive the summer outside and that would be that - but I have to love its tenacity so its here for keeps!)
     
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    I grew a large Cymbidium for several years (it got too big - gave it away) here in Yellowknife. Southfacing window all winter and then out on the deck from spring to fall. I did get a bit of sunburn on the leaves from not acclimitizing the plant to full sun but they sure put out a lot of growth in a season. A relatively heavy feeder for an orchid, I was fertilizing it about 1/2 strength weekly. Mine would iniate spikes in the fall and flower around Christmas for about 6-8 weeks. It prefered cooler weather while flowering, which was hard to provide in a centrally heated home.

    Shaun
     

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