The Cymbids Have Delivered

by Veronica on February 27, 2010

I was doing a little travelling in February and had to leave my cymbids just when they were showing great promise. Single spikes on three of the plants had grown to about 2 1/2 feet and the little buds were swelling by the day. I hated to leave.

Budding Beauties

Budding Beauties

My husband who is a very reluctant gardener was entrusted with getting them to the full bloom stage. He was nervous. My instructions were clear, I thought.  “Water them when they need it”. “And just what does that mean?”, he countered. The truth is these cymbidium orchids were my first ever effort and I had no clue about the correct way to look after them. Yes, I can read the books as well as anyone can, but when you’ve got a real live plant in front of you, even the best instructions seem vague. So I gave the plants a good soaking and told him to just say nice things to them. He must have, because when I came home last week, three of the plants rewarded all his fretting and  subsequent neglect with 3 stems of glorious golden blooms.

Buds and Blooms

Buds and Blooms

I must admit even though I have been a plantaholic my entire life and have visited the most exquisite gardens and met the most skilled gardeners,  I’m ultimately amazed at how such gorgeous blooms are a result of not much effort at all.

The best thing about this whole exercise is that my cymbids were destined for the dumpster when I rescued them at Home Depot.

I still have another challenge though. I have 4 other plants which have not bloomed. And, they won’t now. They need another summer outside followed by a period of cold. I’ll have to wait until next year to find out what colour they are. I feel sure they’ll bloom for me eventually. I just need to be patient. That’s not easy for me…

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Heather Bell March 7, 2010 at 11:15 am

gorgeous. I never seem to get my orchids to rebloom. But I’m pleased to see buds on the clivia.

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