Orchids forum: Orchid with small blooms, type??

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Apr 25, 2017 1:07 PM CST

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I don't know anything about orchids, I buy a few at Trader Joe, they get morning sun through the window and rebloom, I'm happy. Green Grin!

This is a large plant given to me by a friend who didn't want to worry about it through frosts. She plopped it under my redwoods in the driveway and there it stayed, going on 5 years now. It's in a large plastic pot, maybe even rooted to the ground by now, I need to check. We get the same frost she does, never bothers it. I do nothing to it other than pull out the dead bloom stalks, clear out redwood tree droppings, it gets the rains in the winter and then it late spring we start the automated sprayers 2x a week. It could probably use some fertilizer since it is a busy bloom machine. It sends out 15-20 bloom stalks each year, I don't dare tell her how well it's doing, she would probably want it back. nodding
Now I am assuming it's a mini cymbidium?





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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 25, 2017 1:16 PM CST
Yep, that's what it is, Sue. Beautiful one, too. If you've got some time-release fert you could put a spoonful or so in/around it after the blooms are finished to feed it through the summer.

I'm thinking instead of re-potting eventually maybe you could just plant it in the ground? Cyms hate to be disturbed and so as long as there's any room in the pot I'd leave it be. But if it starts to bloom less in future, it probably needs either a bigger pot or to go in-ground.
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ctcarol
Apr 25, 2017 1:17 PM CST
A Cym. for sure. They are very forgiving plants.
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Apr 25, 2017 1:27 PM CST

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Thanks for the confirmation!
It likes that spot so well, I would only get it a bigger pot, those redwoods would choke it with their roots. Or a gopher would find the roots tasty. Hopefully it won't need it for a while, I will check it soon.
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Apr 25, 2017 10:57 PM CST

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That's a very healthy looking Cym, Sue! I would advise repotting it once it runs out of room (Cyms like to be slightly pot-bound, but when they start to overflow the pot, the pot breaks or the media breaks down too much and causes rot, it's time to repot) rather than putting it in the ground. Cyms are epiphytes and generally don't do well in soil.
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Apr 25, 2017 11:00 PM CST

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That's what I will do for sure as I have a few other cymbidium that have yet to bloom since repotting them. I bet I still have plenty of room then in that pot.
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