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Cymb feeding advice needed please

This is a discussion on Cymb feeding advice needed please within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have two cymbs that have been in my garden since I got them in ...

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    Question Cymb feeding advice needed please

    I have two cymbs that have been in my garden since I got them in about march/april time that I have had to repot twice and both werent in the best way when I got them they came bare root and I didnt hold up much hope, I moved them to my father in laws coldframe a couple of weeks ago to shelter them over the winter months as I dont have anywhere for them inside and our cold frame attempt is not built yet. One of them is looking rather sad and its new growth is still not matured but the noid is great and found to my surprise today it has two developing flower spikes where the buds are quite visible and growing well, I watered them today and my hubby took photos which I will try get off him and post, my reason for rambling is I dont know how to feed them, they have had no food for ages as I am a bad orchid mum and forgot LOL so what should I be feeding the one in bud and how often and should I maintain the usual feeding schedule for the sicker one with the growth that isnt yet mature, they seem to be doing okay with less frequent watering. Thanks for any advice you can give me, I am so excited about these flower spikes as they have had a lot of disturbance and are rather overpotted as I didnt know better and then didnt want to drag them out of their pots for the third time. I did not expect flowers this year.

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    Aren't orchids surprising? Sometimes nothing you do for them seems to suit and they turn their little roots up and die. Others, you can ignore and they will happily go on living without you! I have been using time release fertilizer pellots with a higher nitrogen content. Cyms really seem to be heavy feeders. I give each plant one teaspoon of three month time release pellots every TWO months. They like tall skinny pots so I put them in plastic lemonade pitchers. The smaller ones in a two quart size and the larger ones in a gallon size. The handle makes the heavy plants a little easier to pick up and move around. What will the temperature in the cold frame drop to over the next few months?

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    I really dont know what the temps will be in the cold frame I am hoping warmer than outside LOL I know it has been down to 3c here 37 f while they have been in there and they are no worse for wear but if we get a harsh winter I am not sure how they will do. I literally have no where inside for them the second best place is my father in laws garage but thy wont get enough light there. These guys have literally been left to their own devices and fed very little that might be why the one of them is looking so miserable but as you say the other one with the flower spikes has survived and is flowering despite me LOL

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    Maybe the garage would be alright for the really cold nights? Regarding the fertilizer - I would start with a balanced food at a weak level and increase it over time. This way they will not get fert burn. Good luck Carrie!

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    Thanks Bruce, that I can do! I dont think my father in law would be happy moving them in and out, he isnt a plant person at all. we are caring for his garden as well.

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    Carrie, I am assuming that it does not go down below 0 celcius where you are. True? What are your winter lows like? I leave my Cyms out into the earlier light frosts. Knowing coastal England I suspect your temps should not be a problem.

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    Ron, it can get below 0c but the cold frame is sheltered and I have spoken to my father in law and we have agreed if we do get a really bad cold spell ( we dont get many below that ) I will get him whip it into the garage for me, here re a couple of pics of the buds, the plants themselves arent awfully pretty, I dont have a pic of the one that looks like its dying, I really should get a couple for some advice on it. The buds have a long way to go I am just so proud of this plants determination despite near true neglect from a bad orchid Mom LOL
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