Cymbidium orchids (Cymbidium spp.) display a profusion of beautiful flowers during winter and early spring. The gorgeous flowers can be multi-coloured and come in shades of pink, purple, burgundy, white, green, yellow, salmon and orange. These orchids are a great choice for the beginner gardener (as well as green thumbs!) as they are hardy and easy to care for.


How to grow cymbidium in a garden

  1. Choose a well drained spot in the garden that gets dappled sunlight during the day and protection from the afternoon sun.
  2. Fill the area where they are to grow with specialised orchid mix.
  3. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Sprinkle some pellets of Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed on top of the plant.
  5. Water in well
  6. Feed with Yates Thrive Orchid Liquid Plant Food every 2-4 weeks.

     
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How to grow cymbidium orchid in a pot

  1. Choose a pot that has adequate drainage holes and place it in a position that gets dappled sunlight during the day and protection from the afternoon sun.
  2. Fill with Yates Thrive Orchid Potting Mix.
  3. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down.
  5. Water in well.
  6. Feed with Yates Thrive Orchid Liquid Plant Food every 2-4 weeks or use a Yates Thrive Indoor Orchids Liquid Plant Food Drippers which feeds for 4 weeks.

Growing tips

  • Best time to divide orchids is after they have finished flowering, usually in mid to late spring.
  • Reduce watering in winter as they dislike having cold wet roots.
  • Start feeding your orchid after the flowering period is over. A light sprinkling of Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser pellets every six weeks is ideal. After Christmas start feeding with Yates Thrive Orchid Liquid Plant Food every 2-4 weeks.
  • Cymbidium flower spikes make a lovely and long lasting cut flower. Don’t leave dead flower spikes on the plant. Remove them as soon as blooms have finished.
  • Orchids flower best when they experience a marked (at least 10˚C) difference between daytime and night time temperatures.

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Recommended products

Yates Thrive Orchid Liquid Plant Food

This is a complete fertiliser that provides all types of orchids with potassium for beautiful blooms, plus manganese, iron and copper ideal for your pot grown orchids.