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Cymbidium 'Geyersland' (Blue Smoke x Valley King)

This is a discussion on Cymbidium 'Geyersland' (Blue Smoke x Valley King) within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Well it's that time of year here when all the supermarkets carry Cyms. Every year ...

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    Default Cymbidium 'Geyersland' (Blue Smoke x Valley King)

    Well it's that time of year here when all the supermarkets carry Cyms. Every year I pass them up because they seem expensive for a plant that doesn't generally have a tag or ever look that healthy. This year I tried really hard to resist. But I had a hole to fill after losing both my Den and Epi within weeks of each other. So here she is! I was amazed it even had a tag. Not quite my first choice for color, but it looked very healthy and even has a new growth coming in, so I brought her home. This is my first Cym, so I'm hoping I can care for it well. The care tag said medium light, evenly moist, moderate room temp. Is this accurate?

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    Beautiful color and healthy looking cymbidium orchid.

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    Lovely! Every time I see cymbidiums on OT I wish for a more temperate climate so I can grow them. Wishful thinking,of course, but I hope things may change soon. I'm trying to persuade my usual supplier of Thai orchids to bring in cymbidiums from the 'Land of Smiles' from a breeder who specialises in hybridising warm tolerant cyms. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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    What exactly is "moderate" anyway? My thermometer reads around 75° F most of the day, sometimes dipping into the high 60s. This is comfortable for me, and most of my orchids but I wonder if it's too warm for a cym? Maybe 70s is moderate? haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoStems View Post
    What exactly is "moderate" anyway? My thermometer reads around 75° F most of the day, sometimes dipping into the high 60s. This is comfortable for me, and most of my orchids but I wonder if it's too warm for a cym? Maybe 70s is moderate? haha
    My thermometer reads 95 - 98 F most of the day and 78 - 80 F most of the nights. Cyms will grow but will not bloom.Cyms bloom in the Cameron Highlands here (5000 feet above seaa level) with temps approximating yours.

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    Good to know! Thanks

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    I looked this up. Blue Smoke x Valley King = Smoke King...so I think 'Geyerlands' must be the cultivar name. For this grex O-wiz recommends high (bright, indirect) light and temp=wise: "Cym. Smoke King is composed of species of which 100% take cool temperatures and 9% take warm temperatures. Grow this hybrid in cool conditions, or 58°F to 66°F at night. Like Yew, I will have to keep looking for warmer growing cyms. Yours is lovely though!

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    I looked up the parentage too, thanks for clarifying the name though...I'm always confused by how they name things no matter how many times I look at the OT cheat sheet haha! Hmm...maybe I should move this one back home where it's a bit cooler than the office...

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    I've found that the price for orchids at supermarkets as well as the health of the plants varies substantially from one place to another. I picked up a nice cym with 3 blooming budstalks nearing the end, but still good for at least another month for $13.99 several weeks ago.

    As for care, I've had my 3 cyms outside for about a month now either next to the house or on the deck in a protected spot. They look healthy and green. I think I brought them in once when it was supposed to get down into the mid 20s. My problem last winter was that I had budstalks initiate outside, but once I brought them in to the warmer temperatures, the bud stalks dried up or the buds blasted. I don't have a cool and bright place in the winter.

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    Your climate is much like mine then, being in MA. Good info, thanks!

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