|The culture of cymbidiums
is not difficult provided their basic needs are provided.
The following points are worth emphasising, however:
1. Do not pamper
the plants too much. They are quite tough. Give PLENTY OF WIND AND AIR during the summer to ensure flowers are
initiated. If kept sheltered in a hot enclosed porch or glasshouse during the summer, flowers probably will not
be produced, this being a common cause of non-flowering.
2. Do not keep too shaded. The plant foliage
should be a light yellow green. If deep green, give more light. During the summer light dappled mid-day sun is
desirable, as, for example, provided by the outer branches of a tree. Morning and evening full sun does no harm.
During the rest of the year little shading should be required, especially in the autumn, other than necessary for
controlling flower colour.
3. Cymbidiums are gross feeders—maintain a programme
of plant FERTILISATION. Under heavy fertilising regimes, closer attention to watering is required to avoid problems
with salt buildup and dangerous concentrations developing if the mix is allowed to dry.
4. Properly WATER the plants. This will vary
during the year, although will soon be mastered. Any lapses in this regard can retard plant growth, and possibly
future flower production.
5. Remember, cymbidiums naturally come from habitats subject to the summer monsoons They require COOL, WET, SHADED,
SUMMERS and COOL, DRY, BRIGHT, WINTERS. As these conditions are different from what temperatue countires such as
NZ naturally recieve, thei particular requirements of the plants need to be provided under our culture.
6. Good luck with your plants—show everyone how successful you have been, and enjoy these magnificent flowers.