Cymbidium Pakkret Chameleon ‘Mana’ (4” pot blooming size)
New! Very Heat Tolerant and Fragrant Cymbidium. This very compact growing orchid combines Cym. Valerie Absolonova, a cross introduced in 1989 by Everglades Orchids in sweltering South Florida, and Cym. canaliculatum, a species that grows even at sea level along the coast of northern Australia, often in exposed scrub landscapes, but with its roots buried in the decaying centers of hollow trees or logs. The result is a lovely and fragrant Cymbidium that will flower well in the US South, even in places like Texas and Florida. This cross was registered by Pakkret Floriculture based in steamy Bangkok, Thailand! Upright spikes carry starry, golden yellow flowers shaded red in the center, with a deep red lip. Our photo shows a first bloom spike on the size we are offering, in deep 4 inch round pots. The booms are about 2.5” inches across and mature plants will carry multiple spikes of up to a dozen each. The primary flowering season will be summer into fall, but plants can spike at other times of the year as well, and flowers are long lasting, carrying a sweet minty fragrance. 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, and will flower under LED lights too. They have large root systems and appreciate deeper pots than most orchids and heavier fertilization. While in active growth, tall pots will an open mix 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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