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Cymbidium care help

This is a discussion on Cymbidium care help within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I bought this at a show and don't have care info...it's my first cymbidium ..sunshine ...

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    I bought this at a show and don't have care info...it's my first cymbidium ..sunshine falls butterball..I live in apopka,florida, anyone know how I should care for it?? Google hasn't given me much info. Thanks in advance
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    Cymbidium Sunshine Falls is a hybrid of King Arthur, which is a cool grower, with the species madidum, which can tolerate a bit higher temperatures.

    Living where you do, you have a little dilemma - it likes it bright, but not hot. You'll also want to keep it evenly moist, never drying out between waterings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raybark View Post
    Cymbidium Sunshine Falls is a hybrid of King Arthur, which is a cool grower, with the species madidum, which can tolerate a bit higher temperatures.

    Living where you do, you have a little dilemma - it likes it bright, but not hot. You'll also want to keep it evenly moist, never drying out between waterings.
    Thanks, after it is finished blooming I will move to my screened patio , and water as needed. It is in about a 4 in pot with moss, should I change the potting medium?

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    Without seeing it, I cannot answer that.

    So the questions are: does the current potting medium look OK? Does it allow free air movement to the roots? (If water runs quickly through it, that's a good sign). Does it hold (absorb) water well enough to allow it to stay moist long enough for your convenience as to watering frequency?

    If all are "yes", you're probably OK.

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    Can;t offer any advice - growing cymbidiums in the tropics is a real challenge, not least of which is trying to find heat-tolerant ones.

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    Can;t offer any advice - growing cymbidiums in the tropics is a real challenge, not least of which is trying to find heat-tolerant ones.

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    To keep it in pure moss - of course it depends on the temperature, climate in general and watering regimen etc. But in my environment I would not grow them in pure moss... In the summer Imo there is a risk of "boiling" roots.. Unless there is a good air movement. For my cymbs I always prefer bark, size small + chopped moss + charcoal. But I live in Italy - what works here might not work in tropics.
    My biggest concern would be the winter temps necessary for blossoming. I really dunno what are the winter temperatures in Florida!
    Good luck and congrats with your purchase! Cymbidiums are so lovely!!
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