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Cymbidium spp. Plant Care Reminders

Cymbidium orchid

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Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

Cymbidium orchids thrive in the mild coastal Southern California climates, where they are quite easy to grow, even for inexperienced gardeners. For best results, choose a fairly cool, humid, and frost-free location with 50%-60% shade for your plants, and be faithful with watering, fertilzing, and repotting. Once you succeed, you'll want to grow all of the newest and showiest hybrids!

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones :22, 23, 24
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Fertilize

    Fertilize twice a month with a 30-10-10 water-soluble plant food.
    2. Water

    Water when potting mix is dry, but keep plants on the dry side and don\'t over-water in winter. Mornings are the best time to water.
    3. Protect

    Protect plants and flowers from frost.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.
    February
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in bloom to get the flower colors you want. Visit specialty orchid nurseries for the best selection of the best hybrids.
    2. Plant

    Grow plants in containers in commercial orchid mix in partial shade under fairly cool, humid, and frost-free conditions (a shade house is ideal). Provide enough light so that foliage is light green (not dark green), but enough shade that foliage doesn\'t burn. To keep flowers fresh, provide a little more shade during bloom season.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize twice a month with a 30-10-10 water-soluble plant food.
    4. Water

    Water when potting mix is dry, but keep plants on the dry side and don\'t over-water in winter. Mornings are the best time to water.
    5. Protect

    Protect plants and flowers from frost.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.
    March
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in bloom to get the flower colors you want. Visit specialty orchid nurseries for the best selection of the best hybrids.
    2. Plant

    Grow plants in containers in commercial orchid mix in partial shade under fairly cool, humid, and frost-free conditions (a shade house is ideal). Provide enough light so that foliage is light green (not dark green), but enough shade that foliage doesn\'t burn. To keep flowers fresh, provide a little more shade during bloom season.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize twice a month with a 30-10-10 water-soluble plant food.
    4. Water

    Water regularly and thoroughly from spring through fall. Mornings are the best time to water. During hot weather, keep humidity up by sprinkling foliage, and do not let plants dry out.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in bloom to get the flower colors you want. Visit specialty orchid nurseries for the best selection of the best hybrids.
    2. Plant

    Grow plants in containers in commercial orchid mix in partial shade under fairly cool, humid, and frost-free conditions (a shade house is ideal). Provide enough light so that foliage is light green (not dark green), but enough shade that foliage doesn\'t burn. To keep flowers fresh, provide a little more shade during bloom season.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize twice a month with a 30-10-10 water-soluble plant food.
    4. Water

    Water regularly and thoroughly from spring through fall. Mornings are the best time to water. During hot weather, keep humidity up by sprinkling foliage, and do not let plants dry out.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in bloom to get the flower colors you want. Visit specialty orchid nurseries for the best selection of the best hybrids.
    2. Plant

    Grow plants in containers in commercial orchid mix in partial shade under fairly cool, humid, and frost-free conditions (a shade house is ideal). Provide enough light so that foliage is light green (not dark green), but enough shade that foliage doesn\'t burn. To keep flowers fresh, provide a little more shade during bloom season.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize twice a month with a 30-10-10 water-soluble plant food.
    4. Water

    Water regularly and thoroughly from spring through fall. Mornings are the best time to water. During hot weather, keep humidity up by sprinkling foliage, and do not let plants dry out.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.
    7. Transplant

    After they finish blooming, cymbidium plants may be repotted in fresh orchid mix. This should be done at least once every three years to insure that the plants are not too crowded and that their roots do not rot in decomposed, soggy mix. Older plants may also be divided at this time, but make sure each division has at least 3-4 healthy green bulbs. Pot into containers wide enough to allow for around 2\" of fresh potting mix around the plants. When repotting, remove any dead roots and any old, dead bulbs, and pot with the lower third of the bulbs covered, firming the new mix gently but securely around the roots.
    8. Propagate

    Propagate by division of older plants (see \"Transplant\").
    June
    1. Fertilize

    Fertilize twice a month with a 30-10-10 water-soluble plant food.
    2. Water

    Water regularly and thoroughly from spring through fall. Mornings are the best time to water. During hot weather, keep humidity up by sprinkling foliage, and do not let plants dry out.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.
    5. Transplant

    After they finish blooming, cymbidium plants may be repotted in fresh orchid mix. This should be done at least once every three years to insure that the plants are not too crowded and that their roots do not rot in decomposed, soggy mix. Older plants may also be divided at this time, but make sure each division has at least 3-4 healthy green bulbs. Pot into containers wide enough to allow for around 2\" of fresh potting mix around the plants. When repotting, remove any dead roots and any old, dead bulbs, and pot with the lower third of the bulbs covered, firming the new mix gently but securely around the roots.
    6. Propagate

    Propagate by division of older plants (see \"Transplant\").
    July
    1. Fertilize

    Fertilize twice a month with a 30-10-10 water-soluble plant food.
    2. Water

    Water regularly and thoroughly from spring through fall. Mornings are the best time to water. During hot weather, keep humidity up by sprinkling foliage, and do not let plants dry out.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.
    5. Transplant

    After they finish blooming, cymbidium plants may be repotted in fresh orchid mix. This should be done at least once every three years to insure that the plants are not too crowded and that their roots do not rot in decomposed, soggy mix. Older plants may also be divided at this time, but make sure each division has at least 3-4 healthy green bulbs. Pot into containers wide enough to allow for around 2\" of fresh potting mix around the plants. When repotting, remove any dead roots and any old, dead bulbs, and pot with the lower third of the bulbs covered, firming the new mix gently but securely around the roots.
    6. Propagate

    Propagate by division of older plants (see \"Transplant\").
    August
    1. Fertilize

    Fertilize twice a month with a 30-10-10 water-soluble plant food.
    2. Water

    Water regularly and thoroughly from spring through fall. Mornings are the best time to water. During hot weather, keep humidity up by sprinkling foliage, and do not let plants dry out.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.
    September
    1. Fertilize

    Fertilize twice a month with a low nitrogen liquid plant food such as 5-10-10 to encourage flowering.
    2. Water

    Water regularly and thoroughly from spring through fall. Mornings are the best time to water. During hot weather, keep humidity up by sprinkling foliage, and do not let plants dry out.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.
    October
    1. Fertilize

    Fertilize twice a month with a low nitrogen liquid plant food such as 5-10-10 to encourage flowering.
    2. Water

    Water regularly and thoroughly from spring through fall. Mornings are the best time to water. During hot weather, keep humidity up by sprinkling foliage, and do not let plants dry out.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.
    November
    1. Fertilize

    Fertilize twice a month with a low nitrogen liquid plant food such as 5-10-10 to encourage flowering.
    2. Water

    Water regularly and thoroughly from spring through fall. Mornings are the best time to water. During hot weather, keep humidity up by sprinkling foliage, and do not let plants dry out.
    3. Protect

    Protect plants and flowers from frost.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.
    December
    1. Fertilize

    Fertilize twice a month with a low nitrogen liquid plant food such as 5-10-10 to encourage flowering.
    2. Water

    Water when potting mix is dry, but keep plants on the dry side and don\'t over-water in winter. Mornings are the best time to water.
    3. Protect

    Protect plants and flowers from frost.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    February

    Buy plants in bloom to get the flower colors you want. Visit specialty orchid nurseries for the best selection of the best hybrids.

    March

    Buy plants in bloom to get the flower colors you want. Visit specialty orchid nurseries for the best selection of the best hybrids.

    April

    Buy plants in bloom to get the flower colors you want. Visit specialty orchid nurseries for the best selection of the best hybrids.

    May

    Buy plants in bloom to get the flower colors you want. Visit specialty orchid nurseries for the best selection of the best hybrids.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    February

    Grow plants in containers in commercial orchid mix in partial shade under fairly cool, humid, and frost-free conditions (a shade house is ideal). Provide enough light so that foliage is light green (not dark green), but enough shade that foliage doesn\'t burn. To keep flowers fresh, provide a little more shade during bloom season.

    March

    Grow plants in containers in commercial orchid mix in partial shade under fairly cool, humid, and frost-free conditions (a shade house is ideal). Provide enough light so that foliage is light green (not dark green), but enough shade that foliage doesn\'t burn. To keep flowers fresh, provide a little more shade during bloom season.

    April

    Grow plants in containers in commercial orchid mix in partial shade under fairly cool, humid, and frost-free conditions (a shade house is ideal). Provide enough light so that foliage is light green (not dark green), but enough shade that foliage doesn\'t burn. To keep flowers fresh, provide a little more shade during bloom season.

    May

    Grow plants in containers in commercial orchid mix in partial shade under fairly cool, humid, and frost-free conditions (a shade house is ideal). Provide enough light so that foliage is light green (not dark green), but enough shade that foliage doesn\'t burn. To keep flowers fresh, provide a little more shade during bloom season.

    June

    Repot after bloom season is over (see \"Transplant\").

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    January

    Fertilize twice a month with a 30-10-10 water-soluble plant food.

    February

    Fertilize twice a month with a 30-10-10 water-soluble plant food.

    March

    Fertilize twice a month with a 30-10-10 water-soluble plant food.

    April

    Fertilize twice a month with a 30-10-10 water-soluble plant food.

    May

    Fertilize twice a month with a 30-10-10 water-soluble plant food.

    June

    Fertilize twice a month with a 30-10-10 water-soluble plant food.

    July

    Fertilize twice a month with a 30-10-10 water-soluble plant food.

    August

    Fertilize twice a month with a 30-10-10 water-soluble plant food.

    September

    Fertilize twice a month with a low nitrogen liquid plant food such as 5-10-10 to encourage flowering.

    October

    Fertilize twice a month with a low nitrogen liquid plant food such as 5-10-10 to encourage flowering.

    November

    Fertilize twice a month with a low nitrogen liquid plant food such as 5-10-10 to encourage flowering.

    December

    Fertilize twice a month with a low nitrogen liquid plant food such as 5-10-10 to encourage flowering.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    January

    Water when potting mix is dry, but keep plants on the dry side and don\'t over-water in winter. Mornings are the best time to water.

    February

    Water when potting mix is dry, but keep plants on the dry side and don\'t over-water in winter. Mornings are the best time to water.

    March

    Water regularly and thoroughly from spring through fall. Mornings are the best time to water. During hot weather, keep humidity up by sprinkling foliage, and do not let plants dry out.

    April

    Water regularly and thoroughly from spring through fall. Mornings are the best time to water. During hot weather, keep humidity up by sprinkling foliage, and do not let plants dry out.

    May

    Water regularly and thoroughly from spring through fall. Mornings are the best time to water. During hot weather, keep humidity up by sprinkling foliage, and do not let plants dry out.

    June

    Water regularly and thoroughly from spring through fall. Mornings are the best time to water. During hot weather, keep humidity up by sprinkling foliage, and do not let plants dry out.

    July

    Water regularly and thoroughly from spring through fall. Mornings are the best time to water. During hot weather, keep humidity up by sprinkling foliage, and do not let plants dry out.

    August

    Water regularly and thoroughly from spring through fall. Mornings are the best time to water. During hot weather, keep humidity up by sprinkling foliage, and do not let plants dry out.

    September

    Water regularly and thoroughly from spring through fall. Mornings are the best time to water. During hot weather, keep humidity up by sprinkling foliage, and do not let plants dry out.

    October

    Water regularly and thoroughly from spring through fall. Mornings are the best time to water. During hot weather, keep humidity up by sprinkling foliage, and do not let plants dry out.

    November

    Water regularly and thoroughly from spring through fall. Mornings are the best time to water. During hot weather, keep humidity up by sprinkling foliage, and do not let plants dry out.

    December

    Water when potting mix is dry, but keep plants on the dry side and don\'t over-water in winter. Mornings are the best time to water.

    Protect

    When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

    January

    Protect plants and flowers from frost.

    February

    Protect plants and flowers from frost.

    November

    Protect plants and flowers from frost.

    December

    Protect plants and flowers from frost.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    January

    Check for snails and slugs.

    February

    Check for snails and slugs.

    March

    Check for snails and slugs.

    April

    Check for snails and slugs.

    May

    Check for snails and slugs.

    June

    Check for snails and slugs.

    July

    Check for snails and slugs.

    August

    Check for snails and slugs.

    September

    Check for snails and slugs.

    October

    Check for snails and slugs.

    November

    Check for snails and slugs.

    December

    Check for snails and slugs.

    Treat for Pest/Disease

    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

    January

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.

    February

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.

    March

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.

    April

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.

    May

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.

    June

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.

    July

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.

    August

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.

    September

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.

    October

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.

    November

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.

    December

    Control snails and slugs with a product containing iron phosphate.

    Transplant

    When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

    May

    After they finish blooming, cymbidium plants may be repotted in fresh orchid mix. This should be done at least once every three years to insure that the plants are not too crowded and that their roots do not rot in decomposed, soggy mix. Older plants may also be divided at this time, but make sure each division has at least 3-4 healthy green bulbs. Pot into containers wide enough to allow for around 2\" of fresh potting mix around the plants. When repotting, remove any dead roots and any old, dead bulbs, and pot with the lower third of the bulbs covered, firming the new mix gently but securely around the roots.

    June

    After they finish blooming, cymbidium plants may be repotted in fresh orchid mix. This should be done at least once every three years to insure that the plants are not too crowded and that their roots do not rot in decomposed, soggy mix. Older plants may also be divided at this time, but make sure each division has at least 3-4 healthy green bulbs. Pot into containers wide enough to allow for around 2\" of fresh potting mix around the plants. When repotting, remove any dead roots and any old, dead bulbs, and pot with the lower third of the bulbs covered, firming the new mix gently but securely around the roots.

    July

    After they finish blooming, cymbidium plants may be repotted in fresh orchid mix. This should be done at least once every three years to insure that the plants are not too crowded and that their roots do not rot in decomposed, soggy mix. Older plants may also be divided at this time, but make sure each division has at least 3-4 healthy green bulbs. Pot into containers wide enough to allow for around 2\" of fresh potting mix around the plants. When repotting, remove any dead roots and any old, dead bulbs, and pot with the lower third of the bulbs covered, firming the new mix gently but securely around the roots.

    Propagate

    When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

    May

    Propagate by division of older plants (see \"Transplant\").

    June

    Propagate by division of older plants (see \"Transplant\").

    July

    Propagate by division of older plants (see \"Transplant\").

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