North of England Orchid Society - An introduction to cymbidium orchid culture...

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Free Orchid shows.

Every month we hold a free orchid show; either near Preston, Manchester or Warrington.

New members are always welcome, but our normal monthly shows are free to all, come along and take a look at your local orchid society.

See our orchid show page

Orchid Paintings

Orchid Paintings

historical paintings

 The above are just two images of the many Historical Paintings of Orchids awarded at our shows from the turn of the century through to the Second World War.

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The RHS Flower Show
Tatton Park

July 18th to 22nd 2018
Come along and meet us in the Society Marquee, free helpful advice and orchid potting demonstrations; we can supply you with  top quality approved orchid compost.

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The Society once again has taken a Gold Medal as in last years event, along with the coveted trophy for Best display in the Marquee.

2015 results
Our display in 2015 year created in association with the OSGB and took Gold, as well as the coveted Holford Medal for a slideshow of it please click here
cymbidium orchid bloom

Cymbidium (pronounced sim-bid-ee-urn) must rank as one of the best known and widely popular of all orchids. The genus consists of about 50 species and, from these, thousands of hybrids have been bred.

The wild types are found growing naturally in China, and Japan through the Himalayas, South East Asia to Australia.

They may be terrestrial in habit or epiphytic or even lithophytic (growing on rocks).

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Cymbidium is the oldest cultivated orchid, and there is evidence that they were grown in China 2500 years ago in records from 500 BC at the time of Confucius.

It is one of the easiest orchids to cultivate and, provided that certain rules are stuck to, it will flower year after year.

Temperature and Humidity.
Conservatories or cool greenhouses suit these plants where night temperatures above 46°F can be maintained.
During Autumn, Winter and Spring, night temperatures should not exceed 55°F.
They can also be grown in the home, but to initiate flower shoots they must have cool nights throughout the Spring and Summer months.
If you've a garden or patio, we advise that you stand the plants outside towards the end of May until the middle of September when the night temperatures start to drop.

Humidity should be between 50% and 75%RH.

Air movement .
Good air movement is essential for Cymbidium growth. Ventilate the greenhouse whenever the weather permits. A strong fan to circulate the greenhouse air is also beneficial. Plants standing outside will be well ventilated.

Fairly strong light at 2500-3000 ft. candles is good for these plants. If they are grown in a conservatory or greenhouse then 50%-60% shading is needed during the summer months to prevent leaf burn and overheating. If you are growing them outside in summer, early morning sun is ideal, but do provide some shade against the strongest sunlight.

Never allow the plants to dry out and always keep the compost moist. Normally, watering once each week is sufficient but, during the hot summer months it may be necessary to water twice weekly. Try to water in the morning, before midday which will avoid the possible loss of new growths. Whenever possible use rainwater.

Use a well-balanced orchid fertiliser (ratio 20-20-20) at the recommended strength throughout spring and summer.
Flush the compost through with pure rainwater at every fourth watering. Reduce the fertiliser strength to half the recommended dose through Autumn and Winter.

Potting and Dividing.
The best time to repot and divide Cymbidiums is between the end of February and until the end of June.
The plants always grow better if they are contained. Never over pot. Only repot into plant pots where there is just enough room for the following year's growth. If the plants have outgrown your greenhouse and you think that they need dividing, then, using a sterile knife, cut the plant, at the underground rhizome to give divisions each of which should have not less than three bulbs. Using an orchid compost of peat and bark, plant these divisions into the moistened compost. Do not water for at least three weeks, moisten with a hand-spray just to keep the leaves, bulbs and compost from drying out. Start to water when the newly potted divisions start to root.





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One of our Gold Medal RHS Displays

For many years we created Gold Medal Winning Displays at the RHS Show Tatton Park....

Large Annual Orchid Show

Each year our Annual Show brings one of the largest orchid events to the North of England, Held in the Tenants Hall at Tatton Park....

World's Oldest Orchid Society?

Established in 1897, we have been giving awards to orchids since the turn of the Century, this is an image of one of the early orchid paintings, from which our badge is derived....

Catesatum pilateum

There are over 35000 species of orchid, here is one of the more unusual from the tropics, often seen at our monthly shows....

Laelia purpurata

This showy species makes a change from the usual Phalaenopsis Orchids found in the supermarkets; many specialist growers attend our shows....


Another species of orchid prized by the enthusiastic grower, these plants can be quite large, and are very showy...

Ophrys - The Bee Orchid

At each of our monthly shows, you will see (at the right time of the year) some fine specimens of terrestrial orchids from the temperate zones....

Dendrobium thrysiflorum

For sheer flower power you cannot beat some of the orchid species which may carry over a thousand blooms....

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