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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:08 pm 
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I have a cymbidium that is starting to drop flowers and die. Please can someone advise what I need to do next to ensure that it grows back for many years to come?

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You have a good looking plant that appears to be starting new growth. The pot looks to be about right in size so it can stay in that one. I can't see the substrate it is in so you will have to make a decision as to whether it needs fresh bark or not. Tap it out of the pot and see if you have something that has completely broken down or is still looking OK. Cut the old spike back as far as you can without damaging any other growth.

The plant will do best if you can get it out of the house for the summer months, say from mid May to the beginning of September. They are cool growers but do not appreciate frosts! Can you find an area that gets morning or afternoon sun but not full midday heat? These plants need a drop in temps overnight to initiate spikes, which is why outside is good for them. If putting it outside try and protect it from slugs and snails.

They also appreciate feeding so a weekly dose of fertilizer will be good or a sprinkle of slow release over the top of the pot now will feed it during the summer. Do not let it dry out in the summer but water 1-2 times a week depending on weather.

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Thanks cricketerry, some great advice there. Will definitely follow what you have suggested. When the flowers die do I have to cut it back?


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The plant looks in quite good condition apart fromthe spike. If it is grown in the house I would think that the bud drop is due to a high temperature in bud formation. Before the flowers open most cymbidiums will drop buds at night temperatures above 56f.
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Thanks Brian and Cricketerry - spoke has been cut back and I am looking forward to getting the plant outside from mid May.


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Thanks Brian and Cricketerry - spoke has been cut back and I am looking forward to getting the plant outside from mid May.


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Your main aim is to get the new bulb growing and as big as possible. I would not put outside untill the days are shorter ie after midsummer
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Hi everyone.

I have cut the stem back and continued to water my cymbidium but the original flowering stalk has now turned brown. The rest of the plant looks fine, just wondered if I should be worried about this?


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gandy1985 wrote:
I have cut the stem back and continued to water my cymbidium but the original flowering stalk has now turned brown. The rest of the plant looks fine, just wondered if I should be worried about this?

Hi,

It looks like you've only cut off the top half of the flowering spike ?
The remainder of it is no good to man nor beast, so you can cut the rest of it away right down as near to the base of the spike (without cutting into the green bulb :shock: )
That should leave you with a nice looking plant ready for next years flowering.

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