This white cymbidium continues to perform well three years later. While blooming, it gets relocated to situations where others can enjoy it. It might have bloomed with nine spikes last year. It bloomed with seven this year, so may prefer to be divided.
This is what a simple white Cymbidium orchid should look like.
Cymbidium orchids have been popular here for as long as I can remember. Back when horticultural commodities were still more commonly grown around the San Francisco Bay area, many genera of orchids, particularly Cymbidium, were grown in acres of greenhouses in the hills of South San Francisco. They are still grown near the coast of San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties.
In home gardens, they are often pampered under the shelter of lath, where they are protected from frost and direct exposure to sunlight. Some Cymbidium orchids live and bloom for many years or decades, and sometimes get divided into more as they get overgrown, just like lily-of-the-Nile. Some live longer than those who originally grew them, and go live with someone else.
I never pampered my Cymbidium orchids. I grew all of them out in the garden, with…
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