The Cambria are very popular orchids, because they are easy to maintain and have bold, beautiful colors and sweet speckles. However, unlike other genera such as Phalaenopsis, Dendrobium or Vanda, they are not orchids that are present in nature. Its origin is the crossing of different types of orchids, with the aim of creating a variety of orchids that were commercially attractive, and that were also easy to take care of at home. The result of all this are plants with flowers of an extraordinary variety and beauty and that possess the characteristics of the mother plants that were crossed. Even though these plants have been created through artificial crosses and their origin, there are some environmental requirements. The Odontoglossum plants used in many of the hybridizations are native to the high jungles of Central and Southern America, so many of these plants will need environmental conditions of high humidity and ventilation.
Even though these plants are designed to be extremely sturdy and flourish with little help, it is still essential to know about what the Cambria’s favorable environment settings are so that you can make sure it remains happy and healthy in your home.
Though the plant is hardy, its roots are a bit sensitive. If you follow a few requirements about how to pot this plant, it makes taking care of it a breeze. Cambria orchids thrive best in an opaque pot made of porous material, like terracotta. These pots should protect the roots from daylight, allow the greatest amount of air flow, and soak up extra wetness. Filling the pot with a matter specialized for orchids containing bulky absorbent material will provide the most positive growth results.
Cambria orchids are happiest in moderate temperatures, typically between 65 and 68 F degrees. Just make sure that the orchid is in a room that gets used enough so that the air doesn’t get stale and the temperature does not drop too much.
This plant loves the light, most of the time. Cambria orchids can stand to be in a liberal amount of sunshine during some of the year. But, shade is best during the months between March and September when their leaves are more sensitive and susceptible to scorching.
The best rule to remember when watering any orchid is that less is more. It is possible to over-water the Cambria orchid, especially when the plant is in full bloom. This is when Cambria orchids develop new growth by storing water and nutrients in a pseudobulb. The roots absorb just as much moisture as the plant needs and prefer consistently damp soil rather than frequent drenching. Feel the potting media around the plant and add water only when necessary.
Just like the roots want a warm and damp environment, the plant itself enjoys the same. Maintain a slightly elevated humidity level in the room by keeping a container of water, wet stones or even a humidifier close to the plant.
For optimal blooms, add an orchid-specific fertilizer once a month. Special foods are made for specific phases of the plant’s growth and can be found online or at garden centers.
Cambria orchids were designed to be a beautiful no hassle bloom that will allow even those with the blackest of thumbs to revel in the fulfillment of cultivating such an elegant plant. It requires very little effort to take care of and can provide many years of satisfaction and incredible visual pleasure.