CARING FOR YOUR OUTBACK ORCHID

The Cymbidium canaliculatum orchids are known to survive with minimal care. However, they also enjoy plenty of TLC. Here are some helpful tips for keeping your Outback Orchid.

Where to place your Orchid


From full sun to shaded locations. Outback Orchids prefer sunnier locations for optimum flowering.  

 

Feeding your Orchid

Although these Orchids survive on minimal care, they also respond significantly to TLC. Here at Outback Orchids, we have developed our very own Orchid feeders to promote the 'Growth' and 'flowering' stages of the Orchids lifecycle. See our 'Orchid feeders' page for more information and to purchase your own bottles.

 

Flowering

Flowering usually occurs in the cooler months of the year. Swap from your Outback Orchids 'Growth' feeder, to your 'Flower' feeder in Autumn.

 

Once flowering has finished, a seed pod will remain on the flower spike which gives lovely detail to your orchid. If you prefer, you may cut the spent flower spikes off from the base.

New Bulbs

This species produces many new bulbs in Spring and Summer and benefits from fertiliser applications at this time of the year. Use our Orchid 'Growth' Feeder to get the best out of your Outback Orchids Growing season. 

 

Watering

Like many orchids, the Cymbidium orchids prefer alkaline water, which is why rainwater is the best water source. If rainwater is not an option for your Outback Orchid, then it is recommended to spray a mixture of 1 gram of lime per litre of water, four times a year. Using our Orchid Feeders eliminates nutrient and water pH issues.

Frequency

Water your orchid as necessary for your chosen location and conditions. It is ideal to keep your Orchids roots relatively moist, however, this is not critical. In many situations, weekly watering will more than suffice. 

These orchids are uniquely adapted to withstand drought and harsh conditions when in-situ to their tree hosts timber. Therefore, it is likely that you may reduce your watering intervals over the cooler months. This water deficit period initiates an impressive floral display in the flowering months, usually from August to November.