Cymbidium dayanum – 365 days of orchids – day 1685
This lovely cymbidium species is a star of the early Autumn with multiple pendulous spikes of large dramatically striped, long lasting and fragrant flowers. Plants are compact for a cymbidium – this plant is in a 15cm basket. It looks wonderful in this this weekend’s September sunshine.
Cymbidium dayanum is the one found in the Himalayas, through Southern China and Japan, where it is a native of lowland forests, growing on trunks and lower branches of large trees in shade. We know this habitat well from our trips to Sikkim, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh where lowland forests are semi-evergreen, hot and wet in the summer but much dryer and significantly cooler in the winter. We recreate these conditions, growing plants in constant shade in our Warm Asia section. We keep plants watered throughout the year but much wetter in the summer.
We are pleased to report that we have seedlings of this rarely offered species doing really well in flask, and expect to have them for sale in about 12 months.