You wanted them and I got them!
As usual, once I started picking out plants, I went a little crazy. Instead of just a couple varieties, I have six Cymbidium ensifolium varieties, three Cymbidium goeringii varieties, and (yikes!) 16 different Cymbidium sinense!!! If you like the foliage, I’ve got you covered. If you like interesting flowers, I got a mix of those, too. And the plants look GREAT! I will be shipping them bare root.
How to Grow
If you’re new to Asian Cymbidiums, here’s what you need to know:
Light: Moderate to low. Some people will tell you high light, but the Asian Cymbidiums are different. They may tolerate high light, but they do not prefer it. Mine have always done best in a relatively shady spot.
Temperature: Hot to cold. Hot summers and cold winters give these temperate growers exactly what they want. I don’t let mine go below freezing, but you can leave them out into the high 30s not problem, and temps over 100 are no sweat 🙂
Potting/Watering: Chinese Cymbidiums have long, straight, fat roots, so pot them in a tall pot. In nature, these guys grow all over the place, and they are terrestrials. For us, your best bet is to use a coarse medium that is somewhere between entirely inert (think rock, corks, or sponge rock) and medium-sized bark. If you like to water, lean to more inert media, and if you’re a once a week waterer, go for more bark. Asian Cymbidiums like a moist environment but not wet feet, so go for an open medium. Fertilize regularly in warm weather, but in fall, cut back completely on fertilizer and don’t be quite so liberal with water. This should induce flowering in late winter to spring.