Cymbidium Golden Elf 'Sundust' (3.5" square pot blooming size)
New! Heat Tolerant Cymbidium. This is the hybrid, first introduced in 1978, that started the trend toward Cymbidiums that can take the heat of the American South and is now in the family tree of more than 500 registered crosses. But it is still a very desirable orchid in its own right, and one of the most compact growing showy Cymbidiums there is. One parent is the somewhat unassuming, but very heat tolerant, Cym. ensifolium, which grows even in southern India and Sri Lanka. When paired with a traditional standard flowered yellow Cymbidium named. Cym. Enid Haupt, the result was a very clump forming plant with upright spikes of clear golden yellow flowers on plants with foliage that generally tops out around 12 inches. Flowers can be produced at various times of the year, favoring the summer and fall, on spikes that stand upright and top out above the foliage for maximum advantage. Around 7 to 9 flowers, a bit less than three inches in spread can be borne on each spike and mature plants can produce multiple spikes simultaneously. While other sources are describing the pot size as four inches, that measurement is diagonally from corner to corner. The pots are actually 3.5 inches on each square side, and they are very full of plant, so a larger pot is quite possible soon. 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. We also offer on this site Cym. Golden Vanguard ‘Emperor,’ which pairs Cym. Golden Elf with a large flowered hybrid. The resulting plant and flowers are more or less identical, but larger in all ways. We offer a photo of the two side by side so you can decide if you prefer the smaller plant or the greater impact of the larger one.
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