Cymbidium Milton Carpenter 'Everglades Gold,' AM/AOS (5.5" pot blooming size)
New! Heat Tolerant Large Flowered Cymbidium. This is an awarded form of a Cymbidium cross named after the founder of Everglades Orchids, which was located in the steamy interior of South Florida, and for 50 years introduced new, heat tolerant Cymbidiums to orchid lovers who had thought these beautiful flowers were restricted to growers in milder places with cool nights year round. Sadly, Mr. Carpenter is retired, but the offspring of his Cymbidium creations live on and we seek them out and grab them as soon as we can find them! This orchid is another offspring of Cym. Golden Elf, which brings the hot growing Cym. ensifolium into the hybrid genes and makes it possible to grow them in Florida, and the Deep South. But in the ‘Everglades Orchids’ form, which received a high scoring Award of Merit from the American Orchid Society in Miami, FL in October of 2006, the flowers have the size and full form normally associated with the standard, cooler growing hybrids that come from California. Mature plants can produce 15 or more flowers about for inches across, in deep golden yellow with bright red markings on the lip. Plants can produce blooms at various times of the year, favoring summer into fall. They are a bit smaller growing the standard Cymbidiums, with foliage averaging about 24 inches in height. These are beautiful plants recently stepped up into 5.5” square deep pots. 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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