Cymbidium Rattanakosin #1 (4” pot near blooming size mericlone)
New! Here is a great warmth tolerant, compact growing Cymbidium mericlone from Pakkret Floriculture in Thailand. This grower is in steamy Bangkok and specializes in Cymbidium hybrids that can perform well in hot weather climates like the southern USA, including Florida and Texas. However, these crosses are rarely available in this country. We were extremely fortunate to acquire some young mericlone plugs of Cym. Rattanakosin a couple of years ago and have been growing them up. Now we are ready to sell some, but our supplies are limited. So if this one appeals to you, we recommend you do not hesitate to order. Genetically, this orchid is more than 40% Cym. ensifolium a small growing species that come from as far south as southern India and Sri Lanka. The family tree includes such famous parents as Cym. Golden Elf and Cym. Everglades, bred by the Everglades Orchids in steamy South Florida, a company that is sadly no longer in business. As you can see by the photos, fairly compact growths produce strong, upright spikes with good sized yellow flowers with a vivid purple and white pattern on the lip. Because of the species involved in its genetics, Cym. Rattanakosin can flower in both summer and winter. We recommend growing this orchid in bright light, but with protection from midday sun if outdoors. Cymbidium hybrids like deep pots and a mix that combines typical orchid media with compost to increase the nutrient level. While in active growth they like to stay moist, and can sit in a shallow amount of water to make things easier. With a few years of good growth, plants will become large enough to produce multiple spikes of long lasting flowers. These are mericlones of the exact plant pictured, but have not been assigned a clonal name as of yet. Limit one per customer! Inset photo is from Pakkret Floriculture, Bangkok, Thailand.
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