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Cymbidium Little Black Sambo 'Black Magic' care.

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    Default Cymbidium Little Black Sambo 'Black Magic' care.

    I bought mine 3 1/2 years ago. It was a healthy blooming size plant. It has continued to grow well for me but yet no bloom. The care instructuions I found on the web said that from late autumn to early spring it should not be watered and given as much sun as possible. I followed those instructions growing it in a West facing window and misting the bulbs once a month. It has never bloomed. Has anyone bloomed this cymbidium and if so how did you do it. This year I brought it in and kept it in the basement under strong light. I have watered it once a week. Should I stop the watering now. Do they do better with cooler temps or do they need warm house temps. Orchid wiz give the completely opposite info saying that it should be watered weekly and give full sun. Any info will be greatly appreciated. Would love to bloom this guy because I love the color. If I don't have luck with it this year I think it will go to orchid society and be sold or traded.

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    I am looking to get one of these after my (hopeful) move back to the southeast. I can't remember which thread I read it in, but it was said to be warmth tolerant. I am interested in the info your question brings up! Do you bloom other cymbidiums? I'm on my phone or I would poke around for the answer...
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    Just reread your spiking plants thread...somewhere on here I found info that cyms generally need cool nights while the PB's are developing to initiate bloom. As far as water goes, I'd guess that tons of water during active growth is important; less after maturity until you see spikes. Bright shade in summer and sun just short of burning in winter. Everyone around here keeps them outside all year. I left mine out last year when we dropped below freezing with no I'll effects.
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    This being a canaliculatum hybrid, needs to be subjected to a very bright and dry rest period, since canaliculatum comes from much more arid conditions than most other cymbidiums and in its natural habitat, experiences more than 5-6 months of drought. That means no water at all for almost half of the year. I don't grow this particular hybrid (I have Australian Midnight (canaliculatum var. sparkesii x atropurpureum), yet to reach blooming size), but those tips were given by a speaker at my orchid society meeting earlier this month. His specimens of canaliculatum all had 15-20 spikes.. My friend in Bangkok who grows several canaliculatum hybrids also said the dry rest is crucial for flowering.

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    Here's a 'small' canaliculatum in flower at one of my society shows:

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    Yes indeed the canaliculatum species and hybrids like Little Black Sambo do need a dry winter with bright sun. They are as said above native to Australia where it doesn't rain in winter. Keep the plants dry and then water in the spring is the main secret. We've done this here in Hawaii successfully thought we had to shelter them from the normal rain in winter to get them to flower

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidpeople View Post
    ...native to Australia where it doesn't rain in winter.
    I think it should be the reverse. We have hot dry summers and wet winters in Australia, well, South Australia anyway which is a big region where many cyms are grown. It is wetter and warmer up in the Northern Territory.

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    Thank you all for the great advice. Will stop the watering and continue the treatment that I have been giving it since I purchased the plant. Perhaps it just isn't flowering size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gardenguysorchids View Post
    Thank you all for the great advice. Will stop the watering and continue the treatment that I have been giving it since I purchased the plant. Perhaps it just isn't flowering size.
    I was just about to ask if it was mature enough to flower yet. Good luck Bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidpeople View Post
    Yes indeed the canaliculatum species and hybrids like Little Black Sambo do need a dry winter with bright sun. They are as said above native to Australia where it doesn't rain in winter.
    Sorry Bob, it does rain here in winter. Here are the rainfall charts for 2 Capital cities.
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