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(ensifolium x Enid Haupt)

moderate to bright light
do not allow medium to dry out, coarse bark - water frequently
do not allow medium to dry completely, mist daily
heat tolerant, but protect from frost
fragrant yellow blooms from spring into fall








Coarse potting mixture is preferred due to thicker than normal roots, a tight fitting tall pot will result in consistent blooms perhaps twice a year. Prefers the heat and bright light tolerant. They are also quite thirsty and hungry, so the coarse medium implies it needs to be watered a lot. Can tolerate cold temperatures, but protect from frost. The solid yellow blooms have a light-citrus fragrance that can be noticed several feet away in bright light and very warm temperatures.

Use a balanced fertilizer (20-20-20) during growth season, ease off as buds form. Add Nutracote 12-3-15-7-2. It is a 180 day controlled release fertilizer. Apply a tablespoon full per gal pot in late December, apply it again in June.

The 7 and 2 are calcium and magnesium - both are needed by cymbidiums.




The International Orchid Register

Cymbidium Golden Elf

Golden Elf
Synonym Flag
This is not a synonym
Registrant Name
Rod McLellan Co.
Originator Name
P. Gripp
Date of registration
Seed parent
Cymbidium ensifolium
Pollen parent
Cymbidium Enid Haupt



SOURCE: The International Orchid Register


Orchid Wiki

Cymbidium Golden Elf

Cymbidium Golden Elf miniature warm to cool growing cymbidium that blooms from early summer through early winter. The flowers are fully yellow.


Although the plant is warm tolerant keep cool. Pot in medium fir bark or soil. Water approximately once a week in summer and about once every ten days in the winter. To avoid sun burns, keep in partial sun and medium shade.


Generation 1

    Cymbidium ensifolium × Cymbidium Enid Haupt

Generation 2

    Cymbidium Enid Haupt = Cymbidium Diana × Cymbidium Francis Barbour

Generation 3

    Cymbidium Diana = Cymbidium Veitchii × Cymbidium Pauwelsii

    Cymbidium Francis Barbour = Cymbidium Dryad × Cymbidium Maronii

Generation 4

    Cymbidium Veitchii = Cymbidium eburneum × Cymbidium lowianum

    Cymbidium Pauwelsii = Cymbidium insigne × Cymbidium lowianum

    Cymbidium Dryad = Cymbidium insigne × Cymbidium parishii

    Cymbidium Maronii = Cymbidium hookerianum × Cymbidium mastersii  






Cymbidium Golden Elf "Sundust"



A miniature Mericlone that is fragrant.



SOURCE: Orchid Wiki  


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Ancestral Species Percentages


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SOURCE: Blue Nanta




Most Complete Orchid Forum on the web ! > ORCHID DISCUSSIONS > Advanced DiscussionCymbidium Golden Elf 'Sundust' HELP!


Cym. Golden Elf 'Sundust' are the only two plants I have that don't do ANYTHING! I take good care of all of my orchids, but I can't get my Cymbidiums to bloom. They just develop small, pathetic new growths all year long, and then just start new growths when the old ones mature. I leave them outside until the nights are cool in the fall, give them excellent light and fertilizer, water regularly... and I can't get them to bloom to save my life. I just use them as grassy decorative plants anymore, I've nearlly given up! Why is this supposedly easy hybrid giving me such problems, while every other orchid in my collection flourishes?!?!?! What tricks work for eveybody? PLEASE HELP!!!!

Hi , these do not need cool Temps. I grow mine with the Catts. indoors all year . The Golden Elf has 4 spikes this year . They want to be very pot bound don't do them a favor by re potting only when the pot if plastic is ready to split , I had to re pot mine it did not bloom last year because of the re potting . Gin

Mine is in a tall, narrow tin pot and hasn't been repotted in several years. Here in Arkansas, it has just finished blooming. It lives outside until the night temps drop to around 45 F degrees. Then it goes in the greenhouse where low temps average 55F. It is a dependable and reliable bloomer and I don't pay much attention to the temps it gets other than keeping it frost free.

I will reaffirm much of what has been said:

  • While Cym. Golden Elf is touted as a "warmth tolerant" cymbidium, I find it to prefer warmer growing conditions.
  • I grow them fairly bright - sort of "cattleya conditions".
  • They like deep roots, so tall pots are preferred to squat ones.
  • They have very thick roots, so need a very coarse medium.
  • They are also quite thirsty and hungry, so the coarse medium implies it needs to be watered a lot.

I grow mine in semi-hydroponics and they love it. My specimen in in a pot 18" in diameter and 24" tall, and has bloomed three times since April. The biggest show had 12 spikes.

In So. California they grew best up in hanging baskets, about 2 feet from 80% shade cloth. Lots of spikes and lots of flowers, many flowering twice during the year.

I used a fine bark and perlite mix. They got a lot of water and grew quite well with several L. anceps baskets. The ones that I grew on benches just grew, which at that smaller stage is what I was after. Temps as high as 105 and low as 26 did not bother them. The shade cloth protected them from the 26 degrees, I don't think it got under 32 under the shadecloth. Low temps in So Calif are only for 2 to 3 hours in the morning, wasn't enough to bother them.

They make great basket plants and when they were all blooming the fragrance was terrific.

I find "Golden Elf" to be one of the easiest of all cymbidiums to bloom. It does need bright light 50% or more. Unlike Cattleyas, cymbidiums should not be allowed to dry out - if your are growing with cats - the cymbidium needs more water! It is a warm grower and is reliable for almost everyone here in NE Florida. Fertilize heavy during the growing season " I use Nutracote 12-3-15-7-2 on mine. It is a 180 day controlled release fertilizer. Whatever you use you do not need high phosphorus (the 2nd Number) I apply a tablespoon full per gal pot in late December. I apply it again in June.

The 7 and 2 are calcium and Magnesium - both are needed by cymbidiums. I grow outside year round in NE Florida but mist continously iif it gets below freezing. Golden Elf is said by some not to be too tolerant of freezing temperatures but have not experience a problem myself.


The entire discussion, including a reply that includes some serious technical fertilizer calculations can be viewed by click this link .





Cymbidium Golden Elf is a hybrid of Cym. ensifolium x Cym. Enid Haupt, the fragrant flowers are produced in late summer. This is an easy to grow plant and is heat tolerant. Bloom in August-September.

SOURCE: Tropical World Nursery .




Cymbidium Golden Elf 'Sundust', HCC/AOS
(Golden Elf = Cymbidium ensifolium X Cymbidium Enid Haupt)
The most famous and free-blooming of the heat tolerant Cymbidiums. This mildly fragrant, golden-yellow alba miniature is so floriferous it first bloomed while still in its flask!Temperature Tolerant. August - September blooming.

SOURCE: Santa Barbara Orchid Estate .


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I would like to thank Vinton B., NVOS Plant Doctor, for gifting me this delightful yellow orchid. 

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