Easy Orchids – Cymbidium Beauport
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I define “easy” orchids as those that can be grown indoors in mild climates in homes that have the heating on during the daytime in winter.
This hybrid, raised in 1995 in Jersey in the Channel Islands, is one of a multitude of modern hybrids that exhibit the vibrant colors associated with this type of breeding, and that have come a long way from the original species. Among cymbidiums, every color (with the exception of the elusive blue) can be found. This plant needs space to grow well and, as with all cymbidiums, it can be placed outdoors for the summer growing season in a position sheltered for the midday sun and the worst of the wind and rain. Bring the plant indoors, to its cool winter quarters, well before the first frosts are expected, by which time it should be showing the new season’s flower spikes. Do not move the plant while it is in advanced bud, or the buds may drop off. It will reward you with ten to twelve blooms to a flower spike.
Flower Size: 4 inches (10 cm) across.
Flower Spike: 40 inches (1 m).
Plant Height: 2 feet (60 cm).
Pot Size: 10 inches (25 cm).