Cymbidium Ming ‘Emperor’ (4” pot blooming size)
This is one of our favorites. While there is nothing in particular in its family tree that suggests it should do well here in the southern USA, it does! Tried and true, this Cymbidium was introduced over 50 years ago and has stood the test of time. Another compact grower, it can start to bloom and a fairly small plant, but eventually send up spikes of as many as two dozen 3 inch flowers that are warm honey yellow with some deeper shadings offset by a bright white and burgundy lip. This is another hybrid than can bloom at various times of the year, favoring the winter months, but we have flowered them as early as August and as late and May. As per our standard advice when growing Cymbidiums, they like larger, deeper pots due to their terrestrial nature and large root systems. The mix should combine typical orchid bark with compost to create a more nutrient rich blend. Plants like water and can sit in a saucer or tray of water while actively growing if potted in a deep pot with a somewhat open mix. They can tolerate direct sun in the morning, or bright diffused light all day and will flower under LED lights as well. These are currently in 4” pots and quite a few have already bloomed or will flower soon.
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