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Cymbidium Little Black Sambo

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    Hi guys,
    Recently purchased a cymbidium little black sambo. One mature bulb and one new growth potted in bark. I've heard that parents are from australia-warm growers. I live in florida and was wondering if I could as some people i have heard pot it in a hanging basket with bark?-I say this because i've heard that this type of cymbidium is actually not a terrestrial grower.What about lighting? Any help appreciated.

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    Very few cymbidiums (if any) are true terrestrial growers (In earth/soil).
    Most are semi-terrestrial (on the ground, but not in soil) where the roots have more access to air compared to a true terrestrial plant but at the same time have access to more water from near the soil's surface when compared to epiphytes.
    In the wild, most "ground orchids" have their roots living in the leaf litter a few inches above the true soil - which gives the casual observer the impression that the plants actually are living in the soil.

    Basket culture could work for cymbidiums, but there are several factors that will make it challenging and would increase the amount of work involved in its care.
    Baskets dry out faster than pots and cymbidiums require a lot of water. This means that you will need to water the plant more often compared to having it in a pot.
    If you are a heavy waterer in the first place, then this could work to your advantage.
    You will probably need a very sturdy basket. Cymbidiums tend to grow on the heavy side so you need to monitor the plant hanger for any signs of stress as the plant grows.

    I hope this helps,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elitebettas View Post
    Hi guys,
    Recently purchased a cymbidium little black sambo. One mature bulb and one new growth potted in bark. I've heard that parents are from australia-warm growers. I live in florida and was wondering if I could as some people i have heard pot it in a hanging basket with bark?-I say this because i've heard that this type of cymbidium is actually not a terrestrial grower.What about lighting? Any help appreciated.
    Hi

    Little Black Sambo is one hundred percent Australian,it is also a primary hybrid being canaliculatum x madidum.Links to both
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    Both these plants grow high up in the eucqualips ,with there roots travelling down inside the tree taking their nourishment from the rotting center of the tree.

    Maddadium is one of the oddites of the cymbid world as it is classed as a mini yet has standard sized p/b's.Not very good for growing in a basket.

    canaliculatum is a lot smaller plant and is from areas a lot hotter and drier
    Cymbidium canaliculatum - NE NSW Orchid Species Pages

    Typical description of a robust species that grows naturally in the drier parts of northern Australia. Cymbidium canaliculatu requires a deep pot ( tree stump if space permits), maximum sunlight and water only when in active growth. Will grow into huge clumps.
    Phils Orchid World Cympbidium species

    Have fun with this plant as depending on the varity of canaliculatum used the flowers could be very dark

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    I purchased one a year and 1/2 ago...they have beautiful, dark flowers, can't wait to bloom mine. Most orchids we grow in pots are epiphytes. We use bark mix as a convienence.

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    I have a small one of these, my only Cym so far. Any ideas on how big they get and at what size they start blooming?

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