Cymbidiums are one of the least understood plants. They are hardy, forgiving, water wise and easy to maintain in a normal garden and produce prolific and beautiful flowers that can last up to 6 weeks.
I was given some old plants and bought a couple of new ones and was amazed at the results. From 10 plants I have had at least two in flower at any time since the 8th May and still have two going strong.
Cymbidiums need to be repotted about every 4 years and divided on a regular basis, creating new plants which make ideal Birthday and Christmas presents.
To remove the mystery I have invited Christo, a member of the Cape Orchid Society to hold a small workshop at our home at 10 am on Saturday 9 November. The workshop will last approximately 2 ½ hours with practical demonstrations of dividing and repotting, as well as growing advice and types of orchid fertilizer to use and when and how to water. Christo will bring a supply of fertilizer, bark mix and pots with him for sale. Those who attend are welcome to bring along existing plants and he will advise them on their upkeep.
A fee of R200 per person will be charged to cover travelling expenses and includes tea / coffee and cream scones. Space is limited so please book early by contacting Adin 082 852 6696 or Sharon 082 756 2926.
“Indlunkulu” (The House of the Chief Wife) 5 Fynbos Heights, Swellendam
This workshop is being supported by the Swellendam Garden Club.
For details on the Cape Orchid Society, founded in 1957, please see www.capeorchidsociety.co.za