Ferns: houseplants of the month of october

The story of Cybidiums

The stem is hidden somewhere in a forest of soft green leaves. And the flowering stems quickly become almost top heavy from the flowers. Cymbidium flowers for weeks in a torch with red, purple, pink, orange, yellow, green or bicolor flowers that sometimes have a light, pleasant scent. Due to its impressive size and appearance, the plant is known as the 'King of the Orchids'.

What is special is that Cymbidium, unlike most orchids, does not have aerial roots, but a clod and that it is a desirable, strong seasonal plant that is only available in the autumn and winter.


Cymbidium looks tropical, but is actually a cool type. The orchid is used to surviving on the southern slopes of the Himalayas. Even on that rocky, nutrient-poor soil, in cold nights and in bright light, he is able to make his mysterious, elegant flowers bloom. That makes it a very strong houseplant that is resistant to the indoor climate.

Choice of assortment

Cymbidium comes in many colors, from creamy white to green and brown to red, yellow, pink and white.
The petals can have an even color but also have stripes or spots. The lip color also varies, but the stamp cap is always white. Cymbidium grows slowly, from a blade to a flowering plant takes about five years on average. That makes it a very valuable, strong orchid. The houseplant is offered in minis, large-flowered species and as a hanging plant.

Care tips

  • Cymbidium prefers a place where indirect light falls.
  • Unlike many other orchids, Cymbidium has a real clod. Immerse once every two weeks, let stand for half an hour, drain, ready.
  • Plant food can be added to the immersion water once every three weeks.
  • When Cymbidium has finished flowering, cut out the flower stem. If the plant is stored lightly and coolly, chances are that it will produce a new stem.

(source: Bloemenbureauholland.nl )

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