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A spike on my Cymbidium

#1 User is offline   Greyfingers 

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 09:50 AM

Woo hoo! Just to share with you what I discovered this morning. A first spike for me.

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad83/Greyfingers/Orchids/DSCF3477.jpg

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad83/Greyfingers/Orchids/DSCF3476.jpg

A lot easier to keep than dendrobiums and phals. But a lot more patience needed.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 03:53 PM

[congratulations! keep us posted. im a cymbidium lover too. why do u say that cymbidiums are easier to keep than phals or dendrobiums?

is yours cymbidium finlaysonium?

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 10:31 PM

View Postcym. ensifolium, on 20 June 2012 - 03:53 PM, said:

[congratulations! keep us posted. im a cymbidium lover too. why do u say that cymbidiums are easier to keep than phals or dendrobiums?

is yours cymbidium finlaysonium?

eugene


Hi

I don't know what specie this is. All I know from this forum some time back is that it's a heat tolerant specie. I was given 2 bulbs from my neighbour and it's been 1yr 8mths and it has multiplied to so many plants. It just grew and grew and I never had to spray anything at it at all. No root rot problems whatsoever unlike my dens and phals. The irony of it all, even my paphio is doing well and producing plantlets. Strange as I find. That's why I believe some plants are for(suitable) some people. Sorry I might have offended some ha ha.

Guess what media I used. Soil + compost. Yup that's what I used and was lazy to change it despite having learnt not to use that. But it's doing ok so what the heck.

We'll see as it looks like a strong spike. Will keep posted. I didn't notice it and put some fert on it I hope that doesn't mess up the spike. Some plants abort the flowers when given some fert while flowering.
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Posted 23 June 2012 - 05:44 PM

Progressing well. Should I prod it up?

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad83/Greyfingers/Orchids/DSCF3497.jpg
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Posted 26 June 2012 - 11:26 PM

Greyfingers, you should change your name to Greenfingers. That's one helluva spike coming up.
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Posted 27 June 2012 - 02:27 PM

Do take a picture of the flower when it opens. Very neat spike.

View PostGreyfingers, on 23 June 2012 - 05:44 PM, said:

Progressing well. Should I prod it up?

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad83/Greyfingers/Orchids/DSCF3497.jpg




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Posted 27 June 2012 - 06:55 PM

Hi Presam and Ben Naden

I'm not sure if I should prod it up. Help! The way it's going it may get to as long as a meter long! The flower internodes are increasing by the day.

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad83/Greyfingers/Orchids/DSCF3531.jpg

Don't know what specie.

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad83/Greyfingers/Orchids/DSCF3533.jpg

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad83/Greyfingers/Orchids/DSCF3532.jpg

And it's producing some kind of sugary dews. Bees are loving it!

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad83/Greyfingers/Orchids/DSCF3534.jpg
http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad83/Greyfingers/Orchids/DSCF3536.jpg

SHOULD I PROD IT UP?

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 07:29 PM

This is Cymbidium finlaysonianum and this species will grow its flower shoot hanging downwards naturally so no staking is required.

If you are keen, you can review this particular Genus Cymbidium, Section Cymbidium with species that are close to the one you got.

Hope this helps.
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Posted 27 June 2012 - 08:40 PM

View PostBen Naden, on 27 June 2012 - 07:29 PM, said:

This is Cymbidium finlaysonianum and this species will grow its flower shoot hanging downwards naturally so no staking is required.

If you are keen, you can review this particular Genus Cymbidium, Section Cymbidium with species that are close to the one you got.

Hope this helps.


Wow you are right. It's the C. finlaysonianum. And the stalk can grow to 1.5m! Hmm.. it's terrestrial but I wonder in the wild how they hang down unless they are on a cliff.

Well that does it. No proding just as well lazy me! :hysterical:/>
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Posted 27 June 2012 - 09:49 PM

its an epiphyte but it can also be grown as a terrestrial. You can see them in some parks where N parks has mounted them.
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Posted 02 July 2012 - 01:05 PM

Full bloom. 29 flowers.

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad83/Greyfingers/Orchids/DSCF3560.jpg
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Posted 17 August 2012 - 02:48 PM

The old flowers have all gone and it has produced two of such fruits.

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad83/Greyfingers/DSCF3899.jpg



And another spike's on the way!

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad83/Greyfingers/DSCF3894.jpg

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 03:55 PM

The seedpod will eventually ripen and burst releasing millions of fine seeds into the air to be dispersed. So you can leave it in tact for now.
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Posted 17 August 2012 - 04:26 PM

What are the growing conditions of your plant?
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Posted 18 August 2012 - 11:34 AM

View PostBen Naden, on 17 August 2012 - 03:55 PM, said:

The seedpod will eventually ripen and burst releasing millions of fine seeds into the air to be dispersed. So you can leave it in tact for now.


Millions of seeds, oh wow I hope some will make it! Sure I'll keep it there and let nature take it's course.
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Posted 18 August 2012 - 11:41 AM

View PostSkechid, on 17 August 2012 - 04:26 PM, said:

What are the growing conditions of your plant?


I'm using soil and compost as media. It has 2 to 3 hrs of morning sun at most. The rest of the day just bright light. I water when I think it's dry (by looking), typically about twice a week. Fertilise with any flowering fertilizer. The last shot was with flower and fruit fert from Nitrophoska.
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:54 PM

Yet another that I just noticed today. Now I have to find an elevated place for it.

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad83/Greyfingers/Orchids/DSCF5360_zpsb823843b.jpg
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Posted 03 July 2013 - 11:02 PM

Where did you get this cymbidium??
I thought our island is too hot for cymbidium cos they need a vast drop in temp to spike??
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Posted 03 July 2013 - 11:23 PM

View PostChatbud, on 03 July 2013 - 11:02 PM, said:

Where did you get this cymbidium??
I thought our island is too hot for cymbidium cos they need a vast drop in temp to spike??



Hi,

There are tropical cymbidiums that are indigenous to south east asia. The representative species are aloifolium, finlaysonianum, bicolor, dayanum. The blooms are smaller and not as brightly coloured as the bigger cold growing cymbidiums.

Eugene
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