Cymbidium lowianum – 365 days of orchids – day 1906
We have had lots of lovely Cymbidium species flowering since the autumn and Cymbidium lowianum is always the last of our spring flowering species to bloom.
Cymbidium lowianum is native to Burma, Thailand, Vietnam and China where it grows as an epiphyte in cool montane forest. Cymbidium lowianum grows into a very large plant and has lovely large pseudobulbs, long thick leaves and very long arching flower spikes that naturally grow out to the side of the plant. We are keen to show off the natural grace of these flower spikes and so do not stake them – though that does have issues for space. Our challenge this week will be to find a way to get it and its arching spike to Glasgow for the Botanic Garden Orchid Fair in a weeks time.
Lowianum has been used extensively in Cymbidium breeding and the red V on the lip is a dominant feature that can be seen in many hybrids.
We grow Cymbidium lowianum with our other Cymbidiums in our Cool Asia section (minimum 10C)