Cambria is a fairly widespread orchid on the market and, given its adaptability, it can be recommended for beginners in this type of cultivation. The conditions present in the apartments are in fact almost always suitable for its growth and with some minimal precautions we will also be lucky enough to see it flourish often.
This genus of orchids does not exist in nature, but comes from the hybridization between some species, such as Oncidium, Odontoglossum and Miltonia. For this reason they exist Cambria with the most varied blooms, with small, medium and large flowers, brindle or of a single color, yellow, red, pink and white.
They produce elongated, quite thick pseudobulbs, from which some ribbon-like leaves depart, not very long; in spring and summer a thin erect stem develops between the leaves, up to 30-40 cm long, which bears numerous buds, which bloom in succession. After flowering under the stem a new pseudobulb develops.
Easy-to-grow plants, they are easy to find in nurseries. After flowering, the stem that bore the flowers can be severed, below which a swollen, very rigid pseudobulb will develop; when the pseudobulbs are well developed, we place the plants in a cool place, avoiding to water too often, for at least 8-10 weeks, in this way we will favor the production of a new stem and a new flowering the following year.
they are grown in a bright place, but away from sunlight, which could cause showy burns to the leaves. The optimal temperature during the vegetative period, from March to September, is around 18-20 ° C; during the cold months it is advisable to place the plants in a cooler place, with temperatures between 10 and 15 ° C.
The ideal exposure for fast and harmonious growth must be extremely bright, avoiding direct sunlight (especially in the central hours of the day or in the summer months). The advice is, at home, to place it near a window to the south or west, to be screened if necessary with a light colored curtain in moments of maximum brightness.
During the summer it is possible to move the pot outside, under a patio or in the shade by a deciduous tree.