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Cymbidium Experiment

This is a discussion on Cymbidium Experiment within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This past spring when the orchids were being moved outdoors I was trying to figure ...

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    This past spring when the orchids were being moved outdoors I was trying to figure a way for my cymbidiums to get as much sun as possible. For them to get a full days sun meant that they would need to be in front of the house which faces West and is unobstruted by trees as is the back of the house which faces East. I didn't want to just have them sitting around in the flower beds taking up space nor did I want to put them somewhere that I might over-look them when watering. I finally decided to try using them in the large urns that I have among shrubery plantings and by our front entrance. I buried a pot in the center of each urn and kept the rim an inch or so above the soil line. I then planted pansies , geraniums and wave petunias around them. I did experience some leaf burn early on but not enough to hurt the plant and the new growth soon replaced the damaged foliage. They were watered each time I watered the urns and were fertilized when the urn plantings were. I was checking them today and was suprised and thrilled to see that they are starting to spike--some have several spikes. What was really funny was when I first planted the urns I had several neighbors ask me where I got my giant spikes(dracenas) which are so popular and so over used in urns and planters in our area. The four pics show two of the urns in the Spring, one urn as it is today and the last pic is of one of the spikes I found.
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    Hi Bill, lovely garden setting. It is a cymbidium mix you have in the urns?Isn't it? Nice to see the Pelargonium and geraniums likes the setting too. Nice touch. Good on you for inventive thinking.

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    The cymbidiums I have are standards and there is one variety to a pot. The cymbidiums are planted in a bark mix but the urns are filled with potting soil.

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    Great idea! I am working out front and getting some Florida friendly plants put in....to replace the other stuff that had been haphazardly put in. I wish I had the time to keep a front area as gorgeous as yours!! I recently repotted a huge epidendrum into two pots. I am going to use the plants repotted into a clay strawberry pot as a display plant out front. Maybe someday my front yard will look as beautiful as yours...well a girl can dream anyways. Yours is too gorgeous...seriously...great job! (obviously the cymbid's agree...they look fabulous)

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    Your cyms look fabulous, Bill! I haven't been able to get mine to spike yet - what's your secret? Do you think it's climate?

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    what a great way to display a cymbidium, nice job, gives me some ideas, thank you

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    Maybe more sun? What is your answer Bill.

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    They need lots of sun and then of course cool temps in the autumn to spike.

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    Maybe mine doesn't get cool weather soon enough here in Atlanta - then again, maybe it will just push the spiking back a bit? I hope so.

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    Oh, Bill. Once again you astound us. Great idea! Great results!

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