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Cymbidium not blooming

This is a discussion on Cymbidium not blooming within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Adam - I'm glad to see you're getting so much good advice from everyone - ...

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    Adam - I'm glad to see you're getting so much good advice from everyone - and I should think our friends from Australia and New Zealand will be checking in, if they haven't already - they are champs with cyms.

    You're absolutely right to note that yours is a warmth-tolerant cym - it does make a difference, I think. My cyms, including a warmth tolerant hybrid, made it all the way through a particularly warm winter here in Atlanta and I only had to bring in the warm one 3 or 4 times. I've let them stay outside to about 30 or so, although I've found that they tolerated a few tough nights in the high 20s. I do, as Jason said, keep them on a deck and close to the house during the winter. I also water them far less frequently during the winter - which helps keep them from freezing. I should note that all but one of mine were 'programmed' to bloom in late fall, early winter, rather than the late winter/early spring. In the summer they need water almost constantly, of course. I'm not sure if the new pseudobulb you're seeing will flower, but you should see some new more new growth(s) taking off at some point soon, and if they get the required temp drop and increased light and food, they should set some spikes. Don't worry if it seems like the plant isn't looking any different for awhile - I have been told that orchids can be quite stubborn about change, even for the good.

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    I found out last year that if your Cymbidum originated from California, they will not bloom in Florida! Yikes! The ones you see in the stores are all grown in California! I did find someone down here in Florida that gorws them. Bought one and waiting to see if it will actually bloom! Will keep you posted!

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    when i lived in the valley we got down into the 20's and i had a ton of cymbidiums that didn't care at all as long as they were on the dry side. there are minis that cold tolerant (in fact need the cold to flower well) but the smaller chinese warmer ones cannot take lows like that, i think under 40f is too cold for them. when they are crossed with the colder types they can handle cold too, but the real warmer type species will slowly die out. now i'm on the coastal side of the mountains, and it barely gets cold enough here to get good flowering. and we have scales that just love them near to death if you don't stay vigilant. i have only one now, and it was too warm this year and i got no flowers. it gets regular sprays with insecticidal organic soap products. it helps avert a full infestation.

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