Cymbidium Golden Vangaurd 'Emperor' (4" pot blooming size)
New! Heat Tolerant Cymbidium. This beautiful clear yellow Cymbidium is an offspring of the famous Cym. Golden Elf, which brings the hot growing Cym. ensifolium into the hybrid genes, allowing orchid lovers even in hot climates like Florida and Texas where traditional standard Cymbidiums sulk to enjoy these beautiful flowers. At the same time, these plants can take temperatures down to about freezing as well, so they are great plants to grow outside in the frost free months and bring into a bright room for the winter months. Because of the mix of species in the background, Cym. Golden Vanguard can flower at various time of the year, and often more than once in the year as the plants mature. Upright spikes emerge from the base of recently matured growths and carry up to a dozen four inch flowers that are a clear, bright yellow with no additional markings of other colors except for a tiny touch of white in the lip. These are beautifully grown plants are quickly filling out four inch deep pots and will be ready for a larger container soon. While not small plants, they are compact by Cymbidium standards with bright yellow-green foliage topping out at about 18 inches in height. When in bloom, the flower spikes come up higher than the foliage for a more impressive show. This plant and flowers look nearly identical to its parent, Cym. Golden Elf, except that it is larger in all aspects. We include a side by side photo so you can decide which one you prefer. There is a fragrance that has been described by various noses as “minty” or “citrusy.” Hybrid Cymbidiums like bright light and can tolerate some direct sun early or late, but will bloom and grow in generally bright, indirect light as well. They have large root systems and appreciate deeper pots than most orchids and heavier fertilization. While in active growth, tall pots can sit in a shallow amount of water to help meet their need for plenty of water at that time. Even in winter we recommend watering plants as soon as they are near dry. With time, this orchid can grow into a handsome specimen with many flowers open at once.
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