This month the KDOC goes south of the border as Bob and Jennifer Harris of OrchidPeople in Waimea will be giving a talk on tropical cymbidiums at the October 9 meeting.
Cymbidiums are prized for their long-lasting sprays of flowers, used especially as cut flowers or for corsages in the spring. They require lots of light. Leaves are always a good indicator of proper light. They should be light green with a tinge of yellow – dark green means not enough light and your plants won’t bloom. Too much sun and the leaves will turn yellow or bleached white.
Cymbidium (sym-BID-ee-um) Orchids are prized for their long-lasting sprays of flowers. F E R T I L I Z E cymbidiums regularly. They like to be fed a lot! Orchidpeople offers 2 kinds of fertilizer • Use one or both. …
Cymbidiums may not be native to Hawaii like the bamboo orchid, but it has become a true kama’aina on its own.
Sure, most orchids can survive in Hawaii with the proper amount of attention and care, but Cymbidiums are perfectly suited for life in paradise “as is” needing the absolute bare minimum in order to not just survive, but thrive.
This was the focal point of the Cymbidum talk-story given by Bob and Jennifer Harris of Orchidpeople at the monthly KDOC meeting on April 10.
For over 30 years Jennifer and I grew cool growing standard cymbidiums as a hobby at our home on the coast of Northern California where the climate was perfect for them. In 2003 we moved to Hawaii and brought 50 …