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Cymbidium won't flower.

homebirdhomebird Posts: 110

imageI was given my Cymbidium 3 yrs ago and it's pretty healthy looking I think but the leaves are at least 18" long and many are  around 37" long and it's never flowered. What can I do to encourage flowers?  I feed it with orchid food monthly and water it with rainwater weekly. This summer I put it outside and plan to bring it in later this month. I am at a loss how to get it to flower for me as I have no idea what the flowers even look like....????

Last edited: 02 September 2017 12:07:23

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,101

    I'D SAY THAT YOU ARE GIVING IT TOO MUCH LOVE. IT'S TOO COMFORTABLE TO PUT THE EFFORT INTO FLOWERING.

    TOO MUCH FOOD, POSSIBLY TOO MUCH WATER AND MAYBE TOO MUCH WARMTH.

    TAKE A LOOK AT THIS AND COMPARE HOW YOU ARE WATERING, FEEDING AND KEEPING WARM YOUR PLANT.

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  • That was really helpful pansyface. I have been watering too often, keeping it too moist, therefore feeding too often and not leaving it out for the cooler nights. It's back outside now and I shall leave it out until the nights turn really cool.

    Fingers crossed it will get the message and decide to flower next year.  

  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy North London Posts: 4,968

    Yes very useful we have the same problem never dare risk putting it outside before.

    AB Still learning

  • Well Iain, we will see who gets theirs to flower first now....image

  • Sun sun and more sun. There is a magnificent display in the Municipal Garden in Funchal, Madeira where they do not have any shade. I have a few here in Brazil, and do not shade them for 6 months of the year but some clones - I think the ones that have a strong element of species from China and Japan - do not like our climate, as we do not have cold winter temps. Good luck. Ian.

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  • SkandiSkandi Northern DenmarkPosts: 1,439

    You need to get a cymbidium cold at night over winter to make it flower, 10C or under for at least a month. My stepfather used to keep his in the fridge!

    http://www.orchidsmadeeasy.com/cymbidium-orchid-care/

  • Well, we haven't had a great deal of sun here this summer Inglezinho so we will just have to live in hope...image 

    I think I will leave mine out as long as possible Skandi then put it in the cold greenhouse when the frosts  start. I have to change what I have been doing...cosseting it...image

    Thankyou all..

  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy North London Posts: 4,968
    homebird says:

    Well Iain, we will see who gets theirs to flower first now....image

    See original post

     Got one bud just beginning to form- fingers crossed image

    AB Still learning

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