Cymbidium devonianum – 365 days of orchids – day 1209

To wish you Happy Easter we have one of our favourite Cymbidium species, and one we have seen in the wonderful forests of Sikkim.


Cymbidium devonianum produces dense pendulous spikes of dramatically coloured flowers and thanks to its unusual habit of flowering of older bulbs as well as last year’s bulbs produces spikes in profusion. As you can see we have different clones and flower colour varies around the theme of greeny-brown, and a pink lip with two prominent darker blotches.

In Sikkim we have found this species growing in heavy shade, low in trees and usually in pockets of detritus and dead leaves that keeps the plant damp through the dry season. (photo below)

In cultivation we replicate the cool, wet shady conditions it enjoys and too much light or too little water results in brown tips to the thick leaves. We grow plants in baskets to allow the pendulous flower spikes to emerge and not become trapped in the bottom of a pot.



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