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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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Cymbidium Orchids – Last Flowers

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The last flowering Cymbidium orchids of this year are the noid Yellow and Bulbarrow ‘Our Midge’.

From all the 5 pots of the noid Yellow, only 2 are flowering and each are having 2 spikes. These orchid flowers will be chartreuse in colour when first time open and gradually will look more yellow.

Bulbarrow ‘ Our Midge’ is still relatively small, I haven’t divided it yet and this year it is only having 1 spike. More

Cymbidium 2016 – More Flowers

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Melbourne winter this year is very cold with extremely high rainfalls  and very strong wind. We are lucky to have a covered area to keep the blooming orchids out of bad weather elements, otherwise the continuous rainfall and chilly wind will easily destroy the beautiful blooms.

Most of the small cymbidium orchid in hanging pots have been flowering earlier, and now some of the larger ones are blooming.

Cymbidium ‘Claude Pepper’ x ‘Sensation’: This Cymbidium did not flower last year after division and repotting. This year all the three divisions have flowers, two with three spikes and one with a single spike. C. ‘Claude Pepper x ‘Sensation’ flowers have nice deep maroon colour, but the stems are short and each blooms are close together.

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