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This is a discussion on HELP I am so disappointed in my Cymbidium within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Many of my Cymbidiums are hanging on cork. No potting mix at all and they ...
Many of my Cymbidiums are hanging on cork. No potting mix at all and they are doing well. The only challenge is how to fertilize. Once a year I poke some slow release Osmacote into the pores of the bark. They really are hardy plants.
dear Dayna i believe Cimbidium orchids may like more moisture around the roots for longer intervals specially in summer months though best in free draining mix + small amount of slow release fertiliser . We do have one on bark which has a small stocking-material bag filled with slow-release attached , doing very well seems to thrive on the air. soaking in half-strength soluble fertiliser for 15 minutes hay help the bark to retain more moisture for longer period . I have soaked my Vandas in a big tub for more than 1 hour when forgeting to take them out , to no ill-affect they seem to love it , plus if any bugs present will drown hopefully . its all experimental like Doctors and Patients ? but best if you can avoid Doctors eat more herbs !! cheers from Australia " the place to be "
I noticed a seller I had problems with several years ago was offering a lot of cymbidiums on the big auction site. I also noticed he had changed the name of his business. I had bought a couple Oncids from him. When they arrived the roots were all dead. When contacted he refused to replace them and told me that new roots would form eventually. Roots never developed and the plants died. I left negative feedback and never considered buying from them again. Unfortunately he does offer some tempting varieties but I don't trust him. Also found that his plants are always smaller than described. Good luck with your cymbidium. Since it has a few new roots I am sure it will grow for you.
I have them growing in bark as well as mounted. I believe you are correct. They like the moisture, but here in FL, there is enough humidity to go around. Certain species seem to need more water than others.