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Boat Orchid

Cymbidium spp.

Also known as


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Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

    This plant has no fragrance

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    Boat Orchid Overview

    Cymbidium is a genus of 52 evergreen species, often grown as houseplants or in a cool or temperate greenhouse. The genus name comes from the latin "cymba", meaning boat. Distributed throughout tropical and subtropical Asia and northern Australia, they can produce racemes up to 90cm high in a fantastic range of colours that can last for up to ten weeks.

    Common problems with Boat Orchid

    Tobacco mosaic virus & cymbidium mosaic potexvirus can occasionally be a problem.

    How to harvest Boat Orchid

    Generally not harvested.

    How to propagate Boat Orchid


    Divide plants at re-potting if they have become over-large, or if some of the pseudobulbs (swellings at the base) have died and turned brown. Select divisions with three healthy pseudobulbs, discarding older or shrivelled material. Divisions will take about two to three years to flower again

    Special features of Boat Orchid

    Attractive flowers

    Pot plant

    Other uses of Boat Orchid

    Grown for their beautiful and unusual flowers.

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