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Cymbidium sinense 'Yakushima'

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    Default Cymbidium sinense 'Yakushima'

    I liked the variegated foliage but was disappointed that is almost completely devoid of fragrance...oh well.







    Native to a broad area in the Far East from China to Thailand, Cymbidium sinense is a highly variable species that has been treasured for over 2500 years by the Chinese and other Asian cultures. While not quite as compact as some of the other "Chinese cymbidiums", Cym. sinense is still far smaller than most of the hybrid cymbidiums, and mature plants can generally be maintained in 6" pots. The flower color ranges from solid deep maroon to concolor green, and are borne up to 20 at a time on tall upright spikes, usually during the late winter. The most endearing quality of these plants, however, may be the powerful fragrance that emanates from the blossoms of certain cultivars. As with Neofinetia falcata, the overall presentation of Cym. sinense, as the balance between foliage and vessel, is most prized by its connoisseurs. The 'Yakushima' cultivar is prized for its variegated foliage, although it is only faintly fragrant during the day.

    Cym. sinense is easy to grow if given plenty of sunlight and water. While it does not appreciate the scorching rays typically given to the standard cymbidiums, ensifolium still prefers strong light. It can be grown on the windowsill but a bright south window is a necessity, and the species will be comfortable growing side by side with standard cattleyas (albeit with slightly more water). Cym. sinense blooms freely, and does not require the extreme cold snaps that standard cymbidiums require in order to set buds.

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    I like the gracefulness of this one, and of course its leaves! The pot matches the blooms well.

    Do you know how to tell ensifolium apart from sinense with its foliage? I have a named variegated variety of a cymbidium that isn't popular, but without a species name. The leaves the broader than my ensifolium but so I'm thinking sinense, but I am not sure.

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    I like the presentation in the vase. Very pretty.

    Cheers,
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    Lovely! Thanks for all the great information...!

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    Disappointing about the lack of fragrance but nice presentation

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    Lovely Cym, I've had that one on my wish list for a while. Real shame about the fragrance though!

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    Another superb post Jason. Love reading your info, it's great and the flower is lovely. Sometimes to get beauty one must sacrifice(in this case the fragrance). Thanks for posting.
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    beautiful Jason. Do you find that more light increases the variegation? I have a couple of variegated ones. Nice pot too! I am currently using the plastic oriental Cym pots. Was it purchased in NYC or through an orchid vendor

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    Love the blooms!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jmoney View Post
    Cym. sinense blooms freely, and does not require the extreme cold snaps that standard cymbidiums require in order to set buds.
    So did this one require any time outside in order to bloom?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ang709 View Post
    So did this one require any time outside in order to bloom?
    I don't know about Jasons plant. However none of my asian cymbidiums go outside. A vendor even says "grow like a phalaenopsis" on his website for simplicity

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