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Cymbidium Flower – Another Deformity

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Cymbidium large yellow noid - 2 lips - 1 column - only 2 petals - September 28 - 2017

Only this afternoon I noticed that something looked very odd with one of the large yellow Cymbidium flowers. I took a closer view, and I was really shocked. Truly shocked! Could not believe what I was seeing! After the Siamese twin flower the other day, now there is another one. A more bizarre look! What have caused these deformities?

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More Orchid Flowers

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Cymbidium bulbarrow ‘Our Midge’: This Cymbidium orchid that was grown from a small seedling is having 2 spikes this year. It took around 7 years or more for the seedling to flower. Now it has been the third time for it to bloom. I like the unusual ashy pink colour with a very dark maroon lip.

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Cymbidium – Rare Siamese Twin Flower

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I took photos of some more Cymbidium orchids that have started to bloom. One of the Cymbidium Vogelsang ‘Eastbourne’ x So Bold ‘and Bountiful’ flowers looked kind of strange. It was a siamese twin flower! In indonesian is ‘kembar Siam’.

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Cymbidiums – Slender Sepals and Petals

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Few days ago I bought a Cymbidium with chartreuse green flowers. The sepals and petals are slender, kind of narrow and pointy. I dislike flowers with green colour, but this one look quite pretty.

Most large Cymbidium orchids (hybrids) have rounded blooms, only sometimes I saw the ones with slender sepals and petals and usually are sold in markets or Asian shops with no identity. In our collection, there are three Cymbidiums in this category. One is definitely C. tracyanum and the other two could be (just my guess) Cymbidium insigne x and Cymbidium lowianum x.

Cymbidium lowianum: This orchid species has green colour with a clear red V marking on the tip of the lip. The one that I bought the other day also has red V marking, but it also has dots and not as clean as the lowianum supposed to be. and the lip is more ruffled.  Could it be crossed with C. hookerianum which is also green?

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Orchids 2017 – More Flowers

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Cold and windy start of Spring. It is even snowing in higher places around Melbourne. More Cymbidium orchids are in bloom and quite a few are still in buds.

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Do Cymbidium Orchids need Winter Rest?

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Some people say that Cymbidium orchids need winter rest. If the winter rest means that the plants should be cut out from watering and feeding completely, then I disagree. According to Julian Coker from Orchid Societies Council of Victoria (OSCOV), Cymbidium orchids are active all year around. They do not have a rest period and must be grown vigorously all year around.

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What Happen to These Orchids?

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Cymbidium Sleepy Sarah ‘Lovely’ x Ruby Eyes ‘Tetra Baron’:

This Cymbidium  is one of my early orchids. and it was repotted into three divisions few years ago. I gave one to a friend. Today it is only one pot of this orchid left and is still struggling to grow mature bulbs.

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