Fig. 1 Cymbidium: Winter of 2014
Fig. 2 Cymbidium in a 10-gallon container.
2010 Potting Medium
Motivated by the high cost of bagged orchid mix, I thought of making my own mix for my cymbidiums as follows:
Decomposed redwood bark (.25 - 0.5 inch)
Handful of potting soil
2014 Potting Medium
This year I used yet a different mix:
Bark (0.5 - 1.0 inches)
With the current drought that we are experiencing, the peat moss would help retain more water allowing for less frequent watering. Larger-size bark was used to allow good air movement around the root area.
Fig. 3 Cymbidiums lined up along south-facing wall.
Fig. 4 Newly repotted orchids.
Fig. 5 Pink cymbidiums: Winter 2014
Fig. 6 Yellow cymbidiums
Right now, my orchids are doing well in their new growing media but it took them a while to get used to their new root environment. I will be posing a new update come fall.