Cymbidium devonianum – 365 days of orchids – day 1890

A stunning orchid just returned from its trip to the RHS Orchid Show is our wonderful specimen of Cymbidium devonianum.

This is our largest plant of Cymbidium devonianum and again has eight pendulous flower spikes of gorgeous green, brown and pink flowers.

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.

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.

We have lots of seedlings in our lab of this lovely species and seedlings establishing out of flask too, we will be restocking the shop later today when we get a moment.


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