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Cymbidiums in Sunny South Florida part 1

This is a discussion on Cymbidiums in Sunny South Florida part 1 within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I used to have a couple of standard Cyms. I would keep them out as ...

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    I used to have a couple of standard Cyms. I would keep them out as late as possible, in the fall for a cool down and then they would get moved indoors in front of a west facing slider for the winter. They bloomed every spring for me.

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    I am just learning about the cymbidium family. After I bought my first two in bloom, I sort of went nuts and bought a whole bunch of them online from someone who was selling bare-root bulbs for $.99. I have no idea if the ones I bought are heat-tolerant or not. Do the heat-tolerant ones also tolerate the cold?

    I guess now I'm worried that if I keep my cymbidiums all together outside for the chilly fall nights, the heat-tolerant ones won't like the chill as much and may get damaged

    Jenn you made me smile. Don't worry when I first started with cymbidiums I did not know they could not grow in Florida or most parts of the country for that matter. Warmth tolerant and heat tolerant breeding is relatively new and most good hybrids are not readily available. Standard cymbidiums are normally larger with bigger bulbs "generally speaking", they are also more commercially available. I don't want to confuse you but there is also an intermediate variety with smaller leaves and flowers some will take warmth but in general most like it cool. The state of the nursery you obtained your plants will give you a good indication of their cultural requirements

    Intermediates will probably work very well in your area, the plants are more controllable and there is a good chance the smaller stature of the Asian varieties was bred into them. You are right, with warmth tolerance comes reduced cold tolerance

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    Trish good idea! Cymbidiums can take extreme conditions. I used to live in Orlando and although its nothing compared to Iowa Winter we did have some freezing. I had a whole shadehouse of phals, cats, cyms and dens. During a hard freeze I wrapped the shadehouse in plastic but the plants still froze. Guess which ones survived?

    Like you I find it hard to throw away any plant I purchased.

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    They are all outstanding, but the one that catches my eye is Sunshine Falls "Butterball", excellent job on all of them, thanks for sharing

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