Cymbidium erythraeum orchid plant care and culture

Cymbidium erythraeum is found in Assam India, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, western Himalayas, Myanmar, China and Vietnam. It grows on steep banks in open mossy evergreen forests at elevations of 1000 to 2400 meters...

 Cymbidium erythraeum also called as The Red-Spotted Lip Cymbidium, Cymbidium erythraeum var. flavum, Cymbidium flavum, Cymbidium hennisianum, Cymbidium longifolium, Cyperorchis hennisiana, Cyperorchis longifolia, is a species of the genus Cymbidium. This species was described by John Lindley in 1859.


 Cymbidium erythraeum is found in Assam India, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, western Himalayas, Myanmar, China and Vietnam. It grows on steep banks in open mossy evergreen forests at elevations of 1000 to 2400 meters.

Cymbidium erythraeum orchid plant care and culture

 It is a small to large sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte, which are 25-57cm tall, with ovoid, bilaterally flattened, 2.5-5 x 1.5-5 cm long pseudobulbs carrying, 5 to 9, distichous, linear-oblong, gradually tapering to a fine point leaves, articulated 3 to 6 cm from the pseudobulb.

 The Red-Spotted Lip Cymbidium blooms in the late summer and early fall on an suberect to arching or horizontal, 5 to 14 flowered, 25 to 75 cm long, racemose inflorescence with scarious, lanceolate, acute sheaths and triangular, floral bracts and carrying fragrant flowers. The flowers are 8 cm in diameter; sepals and petals greenish, spotted and stiped red brown, lip yellowish to white, spotted red brown, callus cream white, column yellow, lateral lobes red veined.


 Cultural information should only be used as a guide, and should be to be adapted to suit you. Your physical location; where you grow your plants, how much time you have to devote to their care, and many other factors, will need to be taken into account. Only then can you decide on the cultural methods that best suit you and your plants.


 Cymbidium erythraeum grow well with medium to bright light, that means it needs a light level of 15000-25000 lux.

Cymbidium erythraeum orchid plant care and culture


 Throughout the year, the day temperature is 18 - 24°C and the night temperature at 10 - 16°C. For the successful cultivation at home, it is necessary that the night temperature of the content is always 8 ° C lower than the daytime temperature.


 The Red-Spotted Lip Cymbidium needs the humidity of 50 - 60% in summer, 40 - 50% in winter. Excellent ventilation should be ensured all year round.

Substrate, growing media and repotting:

  Cymbidium erythraeum is usually grow in pot with the substrate that are very draining and have heavy mixture of medium to large grain size: 60% pine bark 20 + coconut fiber + sand + 30% peat.

 Repotting is desirable only when it is really necessary. For example: If you water it with ordinary tap water, the pH of which is between 7.2 and 7.8, then over time, as a rule, for 2 years, a favorable substrate pH (5.5 to 6.5) also will jump up to this indicator, and your orchid will not be able to absorb more useful substances, for example, iron, which means that it will begin to lose color in the leaves - yellow. In addition, salts accumulate in the substrates from fertilizer or when watering with poor quality water, which the orchid can not quickly (or in general) absorb and process, reaching a certain amount, they can cause a massive root burn, and the plant will lose all its roots overnight (shrink). Also, the indicator for transplantation is the appearance of the mycelium inside the substrate, mold, rotting or shrinkage of young shoots or the bottom of adult pseudobulbs, etc. The best time to transplant is the time when new orchid sprouts reach a size of about 5 cm and begin to build their own roots (March-April).


 1 to 2 times / week. Watering depends on how optimally chosen are the light and temperature conditions for its maintenance. When the light is bright, the substrate should always be in a moistened (better wet) state, and if there is no sun, then the watering is desirable minimum, otherwise the rotting of the root system of the orchid will begin.

Cymbidium erythraeum orchid plant care and culture


 You can use loose fertilizers, dried bird droppings, granular fertilizer and the like, which is made for nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers for the spring, preferably at least 10 days before the new roots of young sprouts. You can also use regular liquid fertilizers for orchids and other indoor plants, which are produced in a conventional or 1/2 of the concentration of fertilizer on the package, every week or every watering. The best fertilizer is fertilizer containing nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in equal parts, for example, NPK = 3-3-3 or 8-8-8. If you do not have such a fertilizer, alternate - once fertilizer with a large content of nitrogen, and another time - with a high content of phosphorus.

Rest period:

 Cymbidium erythraeum does not need a rest period to stimulate flowering. In winter, you can somewhat reduce the amount of water for the plant, but the substrate should never be dried completely. Fertilization can be reduced or completely eliminated during this period. The amount of water and fertilizer return to the normal level when new shoots appears in spring.




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Cymbidium erythraeum orchid plant care and culture
Cymbidium erythraeum is found in Assam India, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, western Himalayas, Myanmar, China and Vietnam. It grows on steep banks in open mossy evergreen forests at elevations of 1000 to 2400 meters...
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