Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Cymbidium Division

1x4-inch wood marked to become hangersJust because it is not a good idea to be re-potting Cymbidium hybrids at this time of year in the northern hemisphere doesn't mean it doesn't happen. There was a big pile of these divisions at the SCOS meeting last night. I grabbed one that looked like a good example.

There are five attached mature pseudobulbs forming a rough circle. There are three immature pseudobulbs and four new shoots coming out on all sides of the group. The roots are kind of beat up, but it is hard to do better since Cymbidiums form a dense rootball.


  1. Anytime I have either divided or gotten a division out of season, I have lost that plant.
    Any tips on how to get them to survive, for next time I get a division out of season.

  2. Glad you posted these pics - gives me a much better visual clue as to how my divisions should look. Haven't started yet due to several days of pretty wild and stormy weather here. If the wind dies down I may be able to start today - don't hold your breath though, it's pretty nasty out there still.


  3. I am going to keep this division in the greenhouse to try to simulate a growth season for it. I will baby it and worry more about getting the new growth to mature at a time when all its cousins are done growing and are getting ready to bloom.

    Any type of orchid is less hardy if it is divided at the wrong time. The reason that divisions are supposed to occur at the time of new growth is that roots are always damaged in dividing a plant. New growth will produce new roots.