Indoors in Winter
After several nights of temperatures in the high 30's -
low 40's, it's time to
move indoors. A sunny window is best.
Try to keep the plant(s) as cool as
possible, especially at night, preferably around 55 degrees. Too warm
and the new flower buds will drop off.
This is when things
start to get exciting! Start looking for
flower spikes in early January. As the flower spikes mature
and the first
flower opens, move the plant(s)
to where they look
their best. No more sun needed - they've stored up all
need to complete their flowering,
so display them where ever they look their best. (Cool
temperatures away from sun
life of the flowers.)
you move your plants back indoorsl, cut back on
the water and stop nutrients altogether. (This helps encourage the
bloom cycle to begin.) Water sparingly
and slowly - when the gauge moves - stop!
Don't rewater until bottom of pot is dry, usually about once a week or
so. The seasons have changed and these plants don't need much water.
spikes appear (look for them at the base of the plant), start
feeding again using a "bloom formula". I
to encourage bigger, longer lasting flowers. Continue this all
through the bloom cycle.
March, after the
blooms have faded, cymbidiums go dormant, which corresponds to the
dry sesaon in their native habitat. Reduce watering even
more. Just run water through
the pebbles once a week to keep the plant from dehydrating. That's all.
water at the base.
Don't expect new
growth until plants go outside again and their growing season
begins. (Remember, it's all about rhythm.)
is the best time for
transplanting into larger pots if necessary. It's also the best time to
transfer to hydroponics.