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Simple Cymbidium Orchid Care for Beginners

Cymbidium orchids are beautiful flowers that can be easily grown with the proper care techniques. If you plan on growing them, you will need to learn some basic and simple cymbidium orchid care strategies. It is easier than you think.

Lighting and Correct Temperature

Most orchid plants are temperamental when it comes to temperature and lighting. Cymbidium orchids are no different and can be very sensitive to direct sunlight. Although they do not usually tolerate direct sunlight or bright light, they can tolerate more light than other orchids. If you want to have the proper cymbidium orchid habitat you need to make sure that the temperature is around 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. You also do not want the temperature to get below 50 degrees, which can damage your plants. Plants should be placed either on a windowsill or anywhere in your house, office or greenhouse that receives the most sunlight. You should place your flower behind a curtain because your orchid does not like to be in direct sunlight.

Using the Proper Medium

If you want to grow plants that will thrive for many years, you will need to use the proper medium for your cymbidiums to grow and bloom correctly. They do not grow in potting soil that you can find in most garden stores or greenhouses. You need to use special soil mixes that contain organic matter such as fir bark, bark compost, osmunda fiber, and even peat moss. If you are not comfortable with using these organic mixes you can find pre-packaged mixes in most garden stores. These ready-made mixes already have all the organic material you need to grow amazing and healthy flowers for many years to come.

How to Water Cymbidium Orchids

Watering orchids is not as hard as you’ve heard. The easiest way to water orchids is to make sure that you keep the orchid soil or medium moist. Keeping your orchid moist means that the soil is not dripping wet or soggy, it has just enough water to keep your orchid healthy and alive. Having soggy or wet soil could cause root rot or even fungal and viral infections. If you aren’t sure, place your finger about an inch deep into the soil. If the medium feels moist then you don’t have to water your orchid. If the soil seems a little dry, then add some water. Don’t leave your orchids dry for too long because doing this can prevent them from blooming correctly.

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