Cymbidium goeringii

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The Orchid Digest Back Cover 85-4

Cymbidium goeringii (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. in W.G.Walpers, Ann. Bot. Syst. 3: 547 (1852)

Cymbidium goeringii is native to Bhutan, China, India, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Confucius was the first to document this species in writing. The flowers, held low amid the leaves, are scented—the plants flower in February or March.

Cymbidium goeringii likes warm, bright, and moist conditions in the summer. They take cool temperatures, lower light, and drier conditions in winter. The traditional way to grow them is in bonsai mixes in tall, plastic cymbidium pots. However, they will grow in various media, including pine bark and coconut husks. The buds form in the late summer or early fall when the temperature is below 50oF and above freezing. Most buds will abort if the temperatures are too warm when they are spiking.

Please see the article by Ken Jacobsen in the 85-4 issue, Cymbidium Goeringii—a Tale of Two Orchids, for lots of interesting information on this wonderful orchid.

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* Basionym/Replaced Synonym

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