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View Poll Results: How hard has it been for you to grow and rebloom you cym?

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  • 1--You sit there and watch it bloom like crazy.

    15 13.51%
  • 2--Fairly easy, many times it blooms annually.

    27 24.32%
  • 3--So-so

    28 25.23%
  • 4--Fairly hard, blooms every 2+ years...

    13 11.71%
  • 5--Impossible or Too difficult!

    28 25.23%
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Growing Cymbidiums (Poll)

This is a discussion on Growing Cymbidiums (Poll) within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; i know temperature is important to blooming cymbs, but i should point out, that when ...

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    i know temperature is important to blooming cymbs, but i should point out, that when dividing, you have to be really, really careful not to damage the roots. you can cut through the rhizomes, but often they will skip a year or more of blooming if you disturb the roots too much. NEVER cut the roots. i usually just pulled them out of their pots and dropped them into a larger one, or not remove them, and sink them into a larger pot and fill around it. if you keep them out of the rain, the bark can last 2 or 3 years, but if it turns mushy the plant will choke.

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    WOW! 7 years on, and I am still terrible at growing Cymbidiums. I've progressed by keeping some alive and even flowering them... but I have also killed a few along the way... aaaah, so much more to learn...

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    Default This is my first year will orchids and cymbidiums.

    I bought my green Cym at the grocery store here in Littleton, Colorado in fall 2013. It had 3 spikes when I bought it and has added one more since. So far only 2 have opened. In time the others will open.

    Since purchasing, I have heard that it is extremely difficult to re-bloom a Cym here in Colorado. So I don't yet know if I will have success. I will give it at least a year after this bloom cycle completes to try and re-bloom it.

    At that time, I will have the answer to this poll.

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    Cymbidiums are the only orchids that i grew before i started a collection of other genera of orchids. I find them to be easy to grow,i grow them outdoors all year round under a translucent plastic tarp to protect them from heavy rain and mid day sun and frost in winter. They like cool temp at night all year round, and to get them to bloom they need a cold spell for a few weeks ( temp as low as 3-4C) but it is advisable to keep them out of frost by placing them under an area which is covered at the top to prevent frost forming on the leaves.
    Also high nitrogen fertiliser should be stopped once the temp starts to drop or when the growing season is nearly over. But use only a balanced or bloom booster every two weeks or so to get them ready to bloom. I never have problems with my cyms except for the scale insect they can be very annoying, i use to wipe the leaves with alcohol solution and there after spray them with neem oil, and do a regular checkups.
    You can view my cym grow area here in the members grow area thread.
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    Sadly, this is one orchid I have never owned. We grow a few where I work but I have never been able to try to re-bloom them.

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    This is coming up on its first rebloom opportunity since I've had it. But I grew mine outdoors this summer and it took a hard hit from a hail storm and then minor hits from additional hail events. But nothing compared to the big one in early June.

    The old growths look pretty beat up but the new look much better but not unscathed.

    Last night was a cold night. Down to 34 F. Tonight is supposed to be a few degrees warmer. Then back to normal overnight and daytime temps. We even had a dusting of early snow last night.

    So if it blooms, I think it will be spectacular, trying to prove "You don't bother me!"

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    I live in south east Texas, super hot in summers, I have my orchids hanging from tree trunks. Just got a den. Anosmum should I put it in north west exposure?

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    I don't have huge experience with them, I have owned only 3 (now 2 for the space reasons) but they all have successfully rebloomed every year.
    I grow them in Milan, Italy and we have very hot and humid summers here with cool, rainy and humid, foggy winters (in the city it never goes under +5°C though, no matter what the forecast says).
    In the winter I almost never water - with an exception if it's quite warm (+10...15°C) and dry for a long period then yes. In summer every once or twice a week, depending on temps. For very hot summers like we had last year (almost +40°C!) I water more often with cool water to cool them down.
    I fertilized every once in a while, now that I have my growing agenda I do it on a regular basis - once per month in the warm months. I grow my cymbs all year around outside on a balcony. They go in only if it really is prognosed to snow (almost never in the city but you never know!) or when in bloom.
    In this house I have had a problem - the ants!! They just love them especially when in bloom! I have to repot them to get rid of ants that basically those orchids are a 5 star hotel-restaurant to them!
    I hope my experience helps someone even if the thread is quite old!
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    Some cyms will grow and flower well, some will not; some cyms like cold / cool temps, some like it hot. Horses for courses. Some hybridists cull a lot of their cyms purely based on flowering ability, aside from shape and imperfections in the flower, other people sell a lot of imperfect and non-flowering hybrids. Only buy floriferous for satisfaction, unless you enjoy a challenge. Fertilizing, water, temperature, aspect and medium are the difference between flowering and floriferous.

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    Very easy for me to grow them - I do it outside. They are a lovely green, and some have even burst their pots. The hard part is getting them to bloom.

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