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Thread: cymbidium -growing as a houseplant?

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    Default cymbidium -growing as a houseplant?

    So I love cymbidiums and always thought of them as greenhouse or warm climate outdoor plants. A few of my books seem to suggest that they can be grown in the house at least most of the year. Anyone have any experience with this???

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    I'm guessing as long as you have someplace they can get lots of sun, a chill down at night around 45-50 degrees and you cut watering and fertilizer. Or you can buy the warm growers that don't seem to need a cool down. Just don't get the darn spikes wet once they begin growing or they rot. ...watching those spikes rot will make you nuts. lol

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    Connie is right.

    Standard cymbidiums do well very bright but downright cold (for my blood, anyway). Those with the “Chinese” species in their backgrounds are very tolerant of, and do better in warmer conditions and can take less light.

    Species like sine seasons, for example, can take upper 90’s and deep shade, or snow if in the sun.

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    Cyms tend to be more on the "cool" end of the spectrum so you need to know what's in the gene pool.
    I have a couple down here in The Keys that are alleged to be "warmth tolerant" but we still need a string of days with a big diurnal temp swing to get them to set bud.
    Given that, they bloom about once evry 4-5 years it seems.
    The bigger issues as a houseplant are going to be the size of the plant. (A lot of the really nice hybrids get huge) and they like humidy.
    I had quite a few specimens in NH that did great but I had a greenhouse.
    They lived outdoors on east side of house where they got about 4 hours of bright morning sun from Memorial Day right up to the day before first frost.
    Moved them into GH and by Thanksgiving they were usually setting spike.
    GH could get pretty hot during the day (mid-high 80's if the sun was out) and bottomed out at 55.

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    FWIW, I found Cym. Golden Elf 'Sundust' HCC/AOS to be more warmth-required than warmth-tolerant.
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    not sure it will ever be bright enough here. even in my south windows. I would grow a warm grower, as they are the only ones small enough for my growing space, but getting it down to 60-55 is not a problem here.

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    not sure I need something warmth- required. It's cold up here ever in my bathroom where I grow them. It's a drafty old house and I close the heat vents in the winter.

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