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    Post by Joy on Fri 22 Jul 2011, 3:43 pm

    At least, I think this is a cymbidium orchid. There was no label on it saying it is a cymbidium but it does look like the ones seen on a net search. It is labelled Valley Olympic "Prolific" & is a beautiful grape colour. It has a total of 11 flowers & still-to-open buds & was one of the best on display. There were so many of them, though, it was hard to choose which one to get. :lol2: The same with the pics I took of it, too. :lol!:

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    Post by Joy on Fri 22 Jul 2011, 3:45 pm

    Some more pics.

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    Post by Joy on Fri 22 Jul 2011, 3:47 pm

    This reminds me of Mick Jagger or Gene Simmonds. :rofl:

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    Post by Bruce on Sat 23 Jul 2011, 8:28 am

    Very,VERY nice Joy :)
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    Post by Joy on Sat 23 Jul 2011, 8:35 am

    :thankyou: Bruiser. It is a lovely orchid. Only wish we could have "adopted" a few more. :cool4: :lol2:
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    Post by Joy on Sat 23 Jul 2011, 3:03 pm

    Here are a couple of the opening buds of this beautiful Valley Olympic "Prolific" cymbidium orchid.

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    Post by Dawn on Fri 29 Jul 2011, 4:19 pm

    Hi Joy! Yes ! it is a Cymbidium Orchid !!. and what a beauty too :bravo: , it is a stunning one!!! wow!! you are lucky to get such a lovely one. I say that.. as they are sold here very often.. but I just never like the look of them! I personally have not seen such a lovely one, colour or condition here! otherwise I would have bought one . I believe one can plant them in your garden in Australia! I am not suggesting this in your case :) but I would love to have been able to do that here!
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    Post by Joy on Fri 29 Jul 2011, 4:27 pm

    Thanks Dawn. :thankyou: Did think you would have the answer for me. :smile: :bravo:

    There were so many of them on sale where we bought it, it was sooooo hard to choose one. They were all so healthy looking. Wished I could have afforded another. :cool4: Decided on this one as it is such a different colour to the phalaenopsis orchids I have, plus it had more yet-to-open buds. It has 11 flowers. Yes, these do well outdoors here but I prefer to have it inside at the moment. Might put it outside when the flower is finished.

    Have just taken some more pics of it as all its flowers are now open. It looks great. :love: Shall post them soon. :whistle:
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    Post by Joy on Fri 29 Jul 2011, 5:36 pm

    All the buds are now open on this beautiful cymbidium (thanks Dawn :D) orchid. Here it is in all its beauty, as seen from all angles. :cool4:

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    Post by Bruce on Fri 29 Jul 2011, 5:40 pm

    We might have to see if we can find a friend for it :whistle:
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    Post by Joy on Fri 29 Jul 2011, 5:41 pm

    The last bud to open.

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    Post by Joy on Fri 29 Jul 2011, 5:42 pm

    bruiser wrote:We might have to see if we can find a friend for it :whistle:

    Ooooooooh, thanks Bruiser!! :kiss:
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    Post by Dawn on Fri 29 Jul 2011, 8:03 pm

    Truly spectacular flowers Joy! Oooh your Bruiser is very kind to you :) I am sure it would love a friend :giggle: . I so love its colour Joy! . I do not see 'why not' for it producing the same next year. They are a lot easier than other orchids to grow apparently, and with all the specialist care of being indoors and looked after so well by you, it will 'no doubt' give you a great display again when it is time to perform !! Such a bonus when all buds open at once, they make a spectacular show don't they :yes:
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    Post by Joy on Fri 29 Jul 2011, 8:57 pm

    They most certainly do, Dawn. :cool4: This one has a thick spike (is that what the flower stem is called??) & plenty of room for more bulbs. I did read that they should only be repotted, into a bigger pot, when the old pot is full of bulbs. Is this correct?? Sure do hope these are fairly easy to grow. Have seen them growing outside as well as being rather neglected but still growing well. The one we bought does look strong & healthy, so here's hoping it will do ok. :apgn:

    Have just read that the flowers will last up to 3mths if in an unheated room. As we do not have a heater maybe ours will last for quite a while, too. Should I fertilise it with the orchid fertiliser, Dawn?? It isn't the bloom booster stuff, just the regular orchid food "for use the whole year round". Or so it says on the packet. :D

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    Post by Dawn on Sat 30 Jul 2011, 2:27 am

    I am not sure if they have a special name for the flower stalk I think what you called it should be fine Joy!, I knew what you meant!! . I only had one for a short while and it died and now I am convinced it was from too little water !! thinking they were like other orchids, mine was given to me as a gift with no instructions and I just assumed they needed the same care as the others but I think they need to be damp all the time around the roots. So unfortunately I have not had enough experience with them to be able to advise you . But here is a link I found that seems to tell a little about re-potting and water needs Joy ! Yes the flowers are grown here for florists to sell as single flower orchids and they do last a long time I seem to remember which is great isn't it!! :) In regards to fertiliser I don't think I can say... as yours may be different to ours here, but this link says they are heavy feeders.

    Oh here we go I just found another another link this gives more info on the whole plant including feeding it





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    Post by Joy on Sat 30 Jul 2011, 8:45 am

    Many thanks for the advice & links, Dawn. Some of the sites, I have seen, did mention that these orchids do need more watering than other orchids. It would seem I shall need to put this plant outside after it finishes flowering, especially if we want it to flower again. They, apparently, need temps below 10°C (50°F) to induce them to flower. :o That is rather cool for us. :cold:

    Think I shall feed it today along with the other two orchids. Bruiser would still like to get another one. :smile: We shall look for one next week. :cool4:
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    Post by Joy on Mon 01 Aug 2011, 10:57 am

    Well, we didn't wait until next week & have already bought a second cymbidium orchid. The number available were down considerably but we were able to find this little beauty which looked quite healthy; It has 8 flowers with one yet to open. It is from the same grower as the Valley Olympic "Prolific" & is called "Kakadu Crystal".

    Am a wee bit concerned that our winters may not be quite cold enough to entice these cymbidiums to flower next year. Nor that they will receive enough sun. They seem to have different growing condition than other orchids. Oh, well, we shall see. In the meantime we shall enjoy their loveliness while they are still in flower. :smile: These flowers are supposed to last for more than 8 weeks. :bravo:

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    Post by Joy on Mon 01 Aug 2011, 11:07 am

    Kakadu Crystal cymbidium orchid.


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