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Cymbidium qiubeiense - one of the less known Chinese species.

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    Default Cymbidium qiubeiense - one of the less known Chinese species.

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    Maybe a close relative of Cym kanran, although these chinese species , in general, are so little known in my orchid world that adding that does not particularly add to ones knowledge.
    I decided to have a go at growing some of them ( Chinese cymbidiums ) after seeing one or two in the wild, but found them difficult- not like the cymbidium hybrids I have grown for years which are as tough as old boots. All ( the ones I have seen) are diminutive little things, bulbs - if you can call them that, not much bigger than my smallest fingernail. This plant for example, now grown for some 4 years and flowering for the first time, is in a 9cm pot - not much more than 3 ˝ inches, which will give you an idea of the size of the plant.
    Apparently thrives on neglect, too. But I do rather like the flowers !

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    I can see why you like them, a nice color and form!

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    Lovely. I’m fond of these small Cymbidiums.
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    Several years ago, I imported and resold about 500 Chinese cymbidium per month, sourced from a grower in Taiwan.

    The typical plant came in bare root, of course, but usually consisted of two mature pseudobulbs, a new growth, and in-spike. I unceremoniously "plopped" each one into a quart S/H pot with dry LECA, then when they were all done, hit 'em with a garden hose to water them in. Never lost a single plant, are rarely even a blossom.

    It turns out that the original grower had them in their own version of semi-hydro culture - regular pots of small sticks and pumice that were watered daily with water containing spoiled milk.

    One thing I learned about them was that they liked to be kept warm and shady in summer, but can tolerate snow if in bright sun.

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