It is lovely, Fren!
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This is a discussion on Cymbidium ensifolium v. Tie Gu Su Xin (铁骨素心) within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Cymbidium ensifolium v. Tie Gu Su Xin (铁骨素心) is in bloom. She is an alba ...
Cymbidium ensifolium v. Tie Gu Su Xin (铁骨素心) is in bloom. She is an alba form of this species, I read that susin or Su Xin means alba in chinese. This clone has slightly marinally variegated leaves. The new growths under my conditions look more variegated than the nursery growths. Blooms are slightly greenish, with very flat sepals and a light spicy scent.
Cymbidium ensifolium is an easy grower indoors that somes in several different colours, definitely recommended for beginners with cymbidiums. Also some varieties come in odd shapes or peloric ones that are highly collectable in Asia(I find those forms not too pretty though!). Usually a summer to fall bloomer as well.
It is planted in a well draining mix. Small bark and tons of sponge rock, the sphag is only a top dressing for decorative reasons, and it is planted in a tall narrow pot. The pot should be tight on the roots (tall and narrow) and I read that it is better for blooming. The chinese have grown these this way for centuries. My pot is quite exaggerated in height for decorative reasons (some balance in appearance with the foliage) and this is the tallest pot I have. The pot looks shorter in the photo because of the angle. This plant is grown on the windowsill.
It is lovely, Fren!
Very nice. A cymbid ensifolium is already on my wish list, but you have cemented its place there. And they are easy to grow you say . . . hmmm.
These flowers are the embodiment of Asian elegance. It is also the parent of one of the few Cymbidiums that I can bloom in Texas (Cym. Golden Elf 'Sundust')
Very Pretty ! I want one too Gin
May be a stupid question, but what exactly do you mean by sponge rock? I am assuming some sort of water retaining porous rock. Do you think that any sort of s-h media could fulfill the same purpose?
I need some more options for potting mix for a cymbidium (don't know what kind) because the bark mix always decays too quickly and becomes less well draining than I would like. I was considering just mixing s-h clay pellets in....
Last edited by hcubed; September 7th, 2007 at 10:52 AM.
Looks great. I have a few pieces of raw cypruss lumber, untreated. I am thinking of finding someone with a wood chipper and making my own medium. This should not breakdown, but still a natural medium. I do not like using styro anything. Something bothers me about a cup that I can put down, and if undisturbed, someone could go in 1000 years, and it is still there.
I adore that, what an elegant plant and charming flowers! I've been planning on getting some Cym species for a while now and this one is definitely going on the list. Love it! Good growing.
May be I am missing something, but why would raw cypress chips be any different - as long as it's organic, it should break down eventually, right?
Cypress should work good .Won't rot
I mix s/h pellets into bark . I think Sponge rock is like this only larger kernels .Don't think it is styro.
Perlite. Volcanic glass is mined from lava flows and heated in furnaces to a high temperature, causing the small amount of moisture inside to expand. This converts the hard glass into small, sponge-like kernels.