Cymbidium Yal 'Monica' x. Mem. Amelia Earhart 4n
Cymbidium Yal 'Monica''
Cymbidium Memoria Amelia Earhart
I acquired this unnamed hybrid from Dennis of D & D Flowers as part of his plant table at the NVOS raffle in July.
This orchid was potted in moss, in a opaque plastic pot and I am concerned that moss might be not be appropriate for Cymbidiums. Removing it from the moss would allow me the chance to take a peak at the roots and check their condition. Some were rotted, but new roots were vibrant and healthy. I potted the young Cymbidium in a coir / perlite mix with solid core for the top 1-inch just for aesthetic purposes in a medium clay pot. Under the layer of pure coir, I added 6 pellets of Osmocote time release fertilizer. During cleaning and washing away of all moss from the roots, I noticed one new growth coming from underneath one of the bulbs. "Game on" for blooming this spring? New growth is across from the label and slightly too the left in photo above.
An advantage to using a coir / perlight mix is that the medium does retain water, but the clay pot does allow for evaporation. Coir also swells and holds the cymbidium in place.
Prior to watering, I pick up and feel the weight of the pot as well as poke just below the surface with a skewer to determine dampness. I water as needed.
Watering is done by slowly pouring tap water onto the medium around the orchid until water starts to run through the bottom as fast as pouring on. I then set the orchid on a humidity tray in the shade allowing for additional drain-off to occur.
My growing space is in full sun from noon to about 1:30PM (I keep my orrchids on a table in the shade until shadow caused by shade cloth starts to cover my growing area. All sun-loving orchids are placed on humidity trays as the shade cloth does it's thing.
Ambient humidity is a concern I will address during this winter with the building of a humidity box (minature greenhouse). Until that is completed, I mist the orchids a couple times each day. If I watered earlier in the day, I mist with a 20-20-20 heavily diluted spray the top and underneath the leaves. Otherwise I just mist with tap water, Last msting is a couple hours before sunset, but trees to the southwest allow for dappled shade from 3:00PM until sunset.
Temperatures during the day in Summer can reach over 100-degrees, and on those days, all orchids come inside where air condition is set to 80-degrees. Fall and Spring have temperatures ideal for the cymbidiums. Winter can have some nights at or just below freezing. Those nights all orchids are brought inside. Growing area is covered by a roof so frost is no concern.
Once a month, in place of tap water, I use distilled water to flush excess salt from the potting medium.