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Cymbidium Advice Please!

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    My new cymbidiums just arrived and I have some questions to get them off to a good start.

    Can I repot them now or must I wait until spring like one culture sheet I read says?

    They need to go outside to set buds; well, our nights are running in the 40s already--can I put them directly outside anyway? Should they be in filtered shade? I plan to put them in a sheltered location on one of my decks, hugging the house.

    They need to come back in before the nights get frosty, right? No way to let them winter outside in this climate; they must come in for the winter.

    I wish I had known I would be trying them earlier in the growing season so they could have been outside and acclimated. I'm a little unsure of how to proceed now.

    TIA!

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    Unless they are being completely strangled in their pots, I would leave them alone. It's a little late to be repotting if you want flowers in the spring. I would move them outside in dappled sunlight (if you have such a thing) or on the edge of a shady area so they get light but not sun. (your sunlight is especially strong due to your high altitude). Leave them out until nights get to frost temperatures (32 or so) then I would move to the garage for a few days to get them used to slightly warmer temps, then to the house. They can stand the darkness in the garage for a few days without any problem.

    How many did you get? Minis or Standards??

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    dont repot now wait till spring.The rule here is , 5 days after the last flower has opened the spike is cut off and placed into a vase . This is the day to repot.

    Depending on your winter night temps they can stay outside.I have had temps of -1degree Celsius on some cymbis this year and the spikes are still growing nicely with no ill effects.

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    What would I do without you guys? Thanks for the good, practical advice.

    Since they are not planted in the ground, but in flimsy plastic nursery pots with very open mix, I am concerned about the roots in outside conditions. I will have to watch them closely--how moist should they be kept? It does get very cold here in the winter (-10F/-23C) is not unusual in Dec/Jan. I think if they were established plants in larger pots I might try them outside until it gets cold, but these are pampered nursery babies--or so it seems to me. Agree? I plan to group them together in cache pots outside.

    Standard or mini? Well, I think there is a combo of the two kinds. I will have to go back on the grower's site to look again. My thought was that I didn't have to avoid standards because of my cool climate. Guess we'll find out if I was right! LOL! I am enclosing a picture of the new mottley assortment; you sure can't tell from looking what is standard and what is mini! I have to admit that some of them are a lot bigger than I expected. Guess that's what you get when you have never shopped anything but mail order. Constant surprises!
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    It looks like a good assortment! I would follow Murray and Diane's advice on the repoting. Wait till after the flowers in the spring.

    Cheers!
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    keep them moist .The commerical growers like to have in pot watering and will water and feed every day,as cymbids are grose feeders.The plants can be kept dryer in the winter moinths but one has to remember that you are still trying to grow the spikes and new growths can start Fall ,late winter and spring.

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    Thanks O-Man. Will do!

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    Nice little group. I grow all mine in potting soil, as they are terrestrial orchids. Many people in So. Ca. grow them planted in the ground. Mine are outside all year. I switch to bloom fert in September to initiate spikes for spring. I continue bloom fert until March or spikes - whichever comes first. If they are in loose media, then perhaps you should add some potting soil in to the pots to help retain water. I always use Super Soil potting mix. I still think a couple of days of cool down in the garage - if you have one, would help with the acclimation process....

    But good luck!!

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    Yeah, I kind of wondered about the media and the dryness here. (Actually this is the rainiest summer I can remember here!). That's why I was eager to repot. But just adding some soil for now sounds like a good compromise.

    Did I misunderstand? I thought you meant to try the garage as a half way house between coming in for the winter and coming into the living room. Did you mean before they go outside too?

    I really appreciate your insight!

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    Unless they came from a grower in a cool area, 40 degrees right off the bat might be too much of a shock, your comment a babied plants made me think about that. Definitely want to do that when bringing them back in... Just a thought.

    YIKES! Your avatar changed as I was typing.

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