365 days of orchids – day 122 – Cymbidium tigrinum


This beautiful small growing species is our eighth Cymbidium species on 365 days. It is another Himalayan species and is found growing as a lithophyte on rocks from Assam, Myanmar and China.

This plant is grown from seed we sowed in 2004and is now quite a specimen. We find that plants grow really well in baskets that show their slightly pendulous large flowers off to full advantage. Plants look rather like Coelogynes when not in flower and we grow the species in a similar way to Coelogyne cristata with a very wet summer and a cool winter.

There is quite a bit of variation in the species and we have darker and lighter clones.

 A less spotted but darker petalled clone.



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  1. christopher hayes-brown says:

    Hi Simon
    Please let me know when you have plants

    Thanks Chris

  2. Stuart Morphew-McEwan says:

    I like this sources very much but have failed on a few occasions I seem to be able to get some nice flowers then it’s downhill after that it just seems to linger growing badly until it dies Would like to know when you have some available

    • Simon Pugh-Jones says:

      Hi Stewart – we have a lot of seedlings in our lab about 1 year from deflasking. I have observed that Cymbidium tigrinum produces a very small number of fat roots each year and I believe that maintaining the health of these few roots is key to maintaining a strong plant. Key points are 1-avoid slugs and snails at all costs. 2.Maintain a very free draining compost.

  3. Richard J Wakefield says:

    Are there any plans to put Cymbidium seedlings back on your Etsy site ?