Cymbidium Little Black Sambo x devonianum (3.5” pot seedling)
New! Photo shows the exact parents used. This is our own Cymbidium cross and therefore exclusive to Marble Branch Farms. It is a warmth tolerant hybrid that will produce cascades of long lasting flowers from pendant spikes in mid to late spring. Our version of Cym Little Black Sambo (left hand flowers in photo) has a strong golden undertone, which will add brightness to the resulting flowers. That hybrid is a cross between Cym. madidum and Cym. canaliculatum, both of which come from Australia and often grow in the hollows of rotting trees. In the 1960’s, Greenoaks Orchids of California made a hybrid between each of those species and Cym. devonianum and both were very popular at the time, but survive today in only a few collections. So, in the spirit of Cym. Pied Piper and Cym. Cricket, we offer this exciting cross to a new generation of growers. Due to the growth habit of Cym. devonianum, this plant has unusually wide and attractive leaves for the group. They should top out at about 24 inches in height. The flower spikes will require the pot be elevated or set into a basket once they have begun to develop as they can be up to 24 inches long and cascade down in all directions. Fully mature plants will have many spikes at once, and can develop into specimens with hundreds of flowers over time. Blossoms will last between two and three months. We hope to post a photo of the results soon as we have a couple of plants from this crop we are holding back that are near flowering size. Those we are offering are vigorous and quickly filling 3.5” pots. They will soon be ready for a 5 or 6 inch pot and can flower as early as next year if well cared for. Cymbidiums like bright light, lots of water and heavier feeding than many orchids. While in active growth the pots can sit in shallow trays or saucers of water. They will grow well indoors under LED lights, or can be put outside in morning sun and dappled light thereafter during the frost free months.
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