Cymbidium Orchid Care Instructions

Follow these simple cymbidium orchid care instructions to keep your cymbidium babies happy, healthy and blooming!

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Cymbidium orchids are prized for their long-lasting sprays of flowers, used especially as cut flowers or for corsages in the spring.

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Light is important for growing cymbidiums. They need high light but cool temperatures. Leaves should be a medium to golden green in color, not dark green.

Temperatures are another critical factor in flowering cymbidiums. Cymbidiums requre day temperatures of 75 to 85 F (or more) and night temperatures between 50 to 60 F. (Day and nighttime temperatures can be 5 degrees lower during the winter.)

Water to provide a constant supply of moisture to cymbidiums. Water heavily during the growth season (spring and summer), keeping the potting material evenly moist. Reduce water when the pseudobulbs complete growing in late summer. (The pseudobulb is a storage organ derived from the part of a stem between two leaf nodes.)

Humidity should be kept at 40 to 60 percent. Keep air circulating to prevent orchid pests and diseases.

Fertilizer should be applied during the growth season (spring through late summer), high nitrogen fertilizer (such as 30-10-10) is used. In late summer, use a high-phosphorus, blossom-booster fertilizer (such as 10- 30-20), to help form bloom spikes.

Potting is usually done in the spring after flowering, usually every two years or when the potting medium decomposes. See pages 55-61 in Orchids Made Easy for clear step by step instructions and illustrations to show you how to repot an orchid.

Warmest wishes from sunny Florida,

Carol :-)
The Orchid Care Lady

Carol the Orchid Care Lady

These cymbidium orchid care instructions are taken from my AOS guides and from a series of Orchid Care Cheat Sheets I received for free from Ryan.  They’ve come in so handy when I just want a quick refresher on orchid care!

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8 Responses to “Cymbidium Orchid Care Instructions”

How long do these blooms last on the Cymbidium

Those are beautiful flowers :)

I have one of these Cymbidium Orchids very overgrown in pot, what to do. Do they like to be in container tight or loose. Also I have moved to a zone 7 area which it will snow. This plant is over 20yrs old. Any suggestions. Thank you Barbara

I am an orchid lover specially the cymbidium orchid.  I have some orchid plants. But never give flower since 7 years. Why? What shall I do to produce flowers.

Hi Skakya,
What sort of fertilizer treatment do you have the cymbidium on? Boosting this might help!
Carol :-)

How do you trim when blossoms are spent ?
Do I trim the branch to the bottom or leave  a few inches

Hi Lela,

There are several ways of doing this…. You can cut the stem all the way down to the crown of the plant (especially if it turns brown). Or you can cut just above a green node to try to encourage a new spike from emerging (for Phals). Good luck! Carol ;-)


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