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Cymbidium Invasion!!!

This is a discussion on Cymbidium Invasion!!! within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by Dazed Beautiful collection so far, hope to see the others when they ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazed View Post
    Beautiful collection so far, hope to see the others when they bloom.
    Yes indeed Tamara, I hope to see them bloom and its a big surprise. Its the second lot of orchids I received that were not in optimal growing conditions and that I have to bring them up to bloom one day. The whole process is exciting for me because not only I am new to orchids, but also, the thought that these are so beautiful and God knows what would the blooms look and smell like. Now, this lot is going to be very special and I hope my instincts would help me in this venture. Of course, I would share the pictures of the blooms here with everyone.

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    I think they went out of fashion in England because every new variety was bigger than the last, and because our gardens keep getting smaller we have smaller greenhouses. Also the choice of things to grow keeps getting wider all the time. When I started growing a very long time ago, CYM back bulbs were about the only orchid within reach of my purse. Nowadays it's very different.

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    personally, i adore cyms but have always lived in extremely hot places... and the heat tolerant little chinese cyms just dont really do it for me... much like my much loved fuchsia, i have tried to grow them enough times to know better now... im jealous of you new collection...but not enough to live in a cool place ;-)

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    Very beautiful, a really big undertaking !! Congrats and wish you all the luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    I think they went out of fashion in England because every new variety was bigger than the last, and because our gardens keep getting smaller we have smaller greenhouses. Also the choice of things to grow keeps getting wider all the time. When I started growing a very long time ago, CYM back bulbs were about the only orchid within reach of my purse. Nowadays it's very different.
    Alright, this could be one of the possibilities. Do you think they can still attract buyers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smurphr View Post
    personally, i adore cyms but have always lived in extremely hot places... and the heat tolerant little chinese cyms just dont really do it for me... much like my much loved fuchsia, i have tried to grow them enough times to know better now... im jealous of you new collection...but not enough to live in a cool place ;-)
    I know, its a bugger if you really want to grow something you can't because of the conditions. But hey, I bet you've got specimens I can't grow either! I like Fuchias and begonias too. When I started with them, they kept rotting and I was really bad in propagating them LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halloamey View Post
    Very beautiful, a really big undertaking !! Congrats and wish you all the luck.
    Thanks a lot, I need every bit of it. I wasn't aware that Cyms can be so strong, not that I was underestimating them but they took me by surprise.

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    Wow, what an undertaking! Congrats to you for all the hard work. Now, on the Cymbidium front - they're probably my least favorite of the common orchids. Their flowers are very pretty, and I'm sure I'd love them if they were grown in Cattleya/Vanda/Dendrobium fashion, but something about the grassy leaves and terrestrial growth just doesn't feel like an orchid to me. More like a fancy bulb. I guess I just love orchids for the exotic factor and the odd growth habits, and I don't get that feeling from Cymbidiums unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sand_tiger86 View Post
    Wow, what an undertaking! Congrats to you for all the hard work. Now, on the Cymbidium front - they're probably my least favorite of the common orchids. Their flowers are very pretty, and I'm sure I'd love them if they were grown in Cattleya/Vanda/Dendrobium fashion, but something about the grassy leaves and terrestrial growth just doesn't feel like an orchid to me. More like a fancy bulb. I guess I just love orchids for the exotic factor and the odd growth habits, and I don't get that feeling from Cymbidiums unfortunately.
    This could be another reason why Cyms might have lost their appeal. I think, a terrestrial orchid might be a good start for new orchid growers. Being in a pot, it might have a certain appeal to it for amateur orchid growers unlike Phalaenopsis(which commercially comes in a pot and attracts most supermarket goers). But unfortunately, being in moss/bark and all that it starts to wilt and people get the feeling that the plant is dying and all that. Phals are so taken lightly and because of them available so easily as orchids. I think it makes a good house plant. Especially here in England where temperatures are plummeting every now and then, its ideal for Cyms. They require this fluctuation to trigger the spike and eventually flower. Like, Geoff mentioned, we have a good conservatory culture. I think Cyms can make a come back in Cool Growing Genere. They are magnificent, in my opinion.
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    Nice and steady so far

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