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Cymbidium orchids, questions

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    Default Cymbidium orchids, questions

    I bought two lovely Cymbidium orchids So, I have several questions here:
    1. How long I can keep them inside? I was strongly recommended to keep them outside. I know that they love cooler temperature. It means that I cannot enjoy them because I donít spend much time in my backyard in wintertime. But I donít want to keep them inside if it hurt them either. What do you recommend?
    2. They sit in a small pot. And it seems to me that they should be repotted. But I am not sure.
    3. Any specific recommendations? It is first time I have Cymbidium orchids.

    BTW I am in Hardiness Zone #8

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    Keep them inside while they are in bloom. After they finish blooming, take them outside so that they can benefit from the cooler temps and get ready to bloom again next time.

    Post a photo if you want repot advice. Cyms like to be mostly root bound, so if they are crowded and doing fine, leave them alone. If there is significant die out inside the pot, It is time to up pot them or divide them into two plants and repot.


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    I found a nice podcast on repotting cymbidiums awhile back. If you do a google search you should be able to find it easily...I was shocked about just chopping off the old roots but it worked great on one of mine bought last summer. I used to be so careful working with the orchid plants, but now I'm over all that. I hack away at the dead stuff and usually yank large plugs of dead stuff (usually the dead squishy middle part) out by hand now and find it works much better.

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    if you have chinese cymbidiums they can stay inside all year. I have a feeling you have other hybrids though.

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