Cymbidium Orchid: Flowering in Progress

It’s always a pleasure to see cymbidium orchids in flower. On one spike, flowers open up in a slightly staggered time frame. As img_1463 shown in the photo, taken minutes ago, the top center flower is almost fully open, while the other ones look like they’re about to burst out!

Notice the lovely cascade of wine-colored flowers on the non-staked spike (the stake in the photo was from a past season!). However, if I see that the stress from the weight of flowers is threatening the spike with breakage, I will take out some twine and gently tie it to a firmly planted spike. In other words, cymbidium spikes can break from the weight of the flowers so they do need to be occasionally monitored during the flowering phase.

The rounded succulent lobes in the foreground are from my jade plant – it will not be ignored!

CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE:  Ingestion of the sap of the jade plant may cause illness and skin contact with the sap may also cause dermatitis. More information on toxic plants can be found here:

http://www.calpoison.org/hcp/KNOW%20YOUR%20PLANTS-plant%20list%20for%20CPCS%2009B.pdf

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