The orchid is considered by many to be both an exotic and a rare plant. Throughout the world there are thousands of different species of orchids, cymbidiums are only one of them. Cymbidiums here in Australia come in four sizes: - large standard, small standard, intermediate and miniature. Cymbidiums can have as many as sixty plus flower spikes. They can grow upright, arching or cascade over the edge of the pot. Many of the cymbidiums come from southeastern Asian countries, China and Australia and can survive in varied climatic conditions.
Orchids are kept for their exquisite flowers that can remain in flower for up to three months and come in most colours except blue and black, although some reds are so dark they are called black.
Today orchids are sold both for pot plants and cut flowers in the florist trade all over the world. Considering nurseries take about three years to grow a plant from seed to flowering, the public are able to purchase them at reasonable prices, and are good value.
These days modern technology has been able to produce clones so the public are able to see exactly what is available and, in many cases, nurseries have them for sale.
The Cymbidium Orchid Club of South Australia is just one orchid club and prides itself on its friendly atmosphere and its ability to teach people how to get the most out of their plants at the learner’s class.
The club has interclub monthly competitions, February to November. The Cymbidium Club of S. A. also holds a winter show in July and a spring show in August.
The club has hosted a national show in 2008 and 2015.
Should anyone wish to grow, show or even seek information regarding cymbidium orchids, clubs are the way to go.
The President of the Cymbidium Orchid Club of S.A. is available to answer most queries or to direct you to someone who can.
The Cymbidium Orchid Club of South Australia meets the 4th Wednesday of each month, February to November, at the Burnside Community Centre, 401 Greenhill Rd, Tusmore, SA.
The auditorium opens at 7pm, beginners class starts at 7.15pm and the meeting commences at 7.45pm.
New members are welcome.
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