Cymbidium Orchid: Update on Spike Growth!

It’s a little over 2 weeks later, and the cymbidium spike has indeed grown! The wine-colored striations, especially along the edges, are especially beautiful. I water this 1-2 times per week, to keep the soil moistened, but not soaked. All of my orchids, cymbidium and epidendrum, are grown in containers in ordinary potting soil and I have never given them orchid food, though it’s recommended by books and “experts.” They keep flowering every year for the past 10 years, so either I’m doing something right or just defying the odds. Maybe a little of both!

As I’ve said in a previous post, I use the information of experts as the starting point for my garden – I weigh the factors and conditions specific to my garden and use trial and error, and then devise and implement a garden-care strategy, which is how I’ve become the expert of my own garden.


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