What should be considered when pouring a Cambria?
During the growth and flowering period, the water requirement of a Cambria orchid is at a higher level than during its rest period. There are two methods to choose from to supply the epiphytic plant with moisture. That is how it goes:
- If the substrate has dried on, water the orchid thoroughly with lime-free water
- Alternatively, immerse the pot in soft, room-temperature water for a few minutes
- Then let the excess water drain well before the culture pot is put back into the planter
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Since the finger test does not always reliably indicate the current water requirement, make a weight comparison if in doubt. A pot of dry orchid soil is much lighter than when the substrate is soaked.
When and how is fertilization on the maintenance plan?
In the period from April to September, please fertilize a Cambria orchid every 4 weeks. Use a liquid orchid fertilizer that you add to the irrigation or immersion water. From October to March you can either completely cut off the nutrient supply or fertilize every 8 weeks in half the concentration. Do not give orchids normal flower fertilizer (€ 13.27 at Amazon *) as this is unsuitable for tropical rainforest flowers.
What can I cut and what not?
Green parts of the plant are generally spared from a cut. The scissors are only used when a leaf or flower stem has completely died. Ideally, you use a disinfected scalpel to make the smoothest possible cut. At the end, dust the cuts with cinnamon powder or primary rock flour to prevent diseases and pests.
A Cambria orchid loves to stay outside in summer to enjoy fresh air and gentle sunshine. From the middle of May, the orchid likes to take a place on the balcony in a bright, sheltered location that cannot get under direct midday sun. The summer temperature fluctuations between day and night make a valuable contribution to flower induction.