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Cymbidium - "Please Adopt Me" - Now What?

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    Default Cymbidium - "Please Adopt Me" - Now What?

    I came back from lunch yesterday and someone had placed a very old cymbidium in a rounded clay pot on my desk that said, "Please adopt me". It probably has 20-25 viable (though some barely) pseudobulbs and another dozen that have dried up completely - the foliage was somewhat ailing - a few leaves looked normal, but many had burned/brown-black tips and some yellow(ing). My question is - given the time of year what kind of serious help should this plant be given at this time? If it was spring I would be tempted to remove it from its pot and clean out the entire plant (including all the clover growing) and put in fresh media. I have quite a few orchids but no cymbidiums so this is my first venture into this corner of the world - in less than ideal circumstances. Thanks - mike

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    I would wait untill spring and then do what you were wanting.

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    Smile I agree..

    This time of year they start producing spikes and a repot might jeopardize that. Google cymbidium culture to get some ideas.

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    Let it get acclimated to your care. Make sure you don't let it get frosted... they can take it pretty cold, but not frosted or frozen. Watch in the early spring to see if it spikes. If it doesn't spike by March, then I think you can assume it isn't going to bloom that year and you can take it out, clean it up and repot.

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    Toughest orchids i know.
    Acccidently i left my 2 standards out when the temps went to -8c(about 15f) , the leaves where damaged but they have produced new PB's & are recovering well.Since they are in s/h the pots were actually frozen hard.
    So definately tough.

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    Thanks so much for the input - I will resist the urge to tear into the pot for now and wait till spring. I don't know if it is healthy enough to bloom but I guess you never know. By the way - here is what it currently looks like!

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    Looks healthy enough to bloom to me!!!! (Just not on your desk...)

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    I agree with Clint. It's not in bad shape. Just let it cool down to set spikes, and hopefully you'll have blooms in late spring. After blooming, clean it up. (You can pull out the clover now...)

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    LOL, that's quite a clover crop! I'm not a Cym expert, but I expected far worse from what you described, Mike.

    With some TLC, and proper culture, that thing will double in size! Here's the AOS culture sheet, which is useful:
    http://www.aos.org/aos/uploadedfiles...dcymbidium.pdf

    Keep us posted!

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