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Hearts of gold orchid

Hearts of gold orchid
Plant Botanical Name: 
Plant Sub Species or Variety: 
'Hearts of Gold'
USBG Plant Location: 
Conservatory Room Location: 
Garden Court
Filtered indirect sunlight

Cymbidium orchids are typically easy to grow and produce an abundance of flowers on each spike. They preform best with indirect filtered sunlight, which produces yellowish/green foliage instead of deep green. They should be kept moist and fertilized with a high nitrogen fertilizer from July through November and a lower nitrogen fertilizer December through June. A slow release fertilizer could be applied in the fall and mid-spring.