Instructions for proper watering

Cambria, like other orchids, has the peculiarity of growing on a substrate other than soil: often it is bark, or a product obtained from spruce bark. Watering must take into account this aspect, as well as the origin of the plant, which is adapted to the tropical and sub-tropical climates of the Asian regions. For this reason, a correct humidity of the substrate must be guaranteed, but without exceeding in watering and avoiding stagnation of water. In general, one irrigation per week is sufficient, although in the hottest and driest periods the frequency of the operation can be intensified; in the hottest periods it is advisable to insert inert material in the saucer which, impregnating with water, can constantly release steam recreating a humid microclimate in which Cambria grows very well. Watering is usually carried out by immersing the pot directly in water, possibly demineralized, to avoid limestone damage to the roots of the plant.

Indications for the cultivation and care of Cambria

Cambria is a plant formed by a pseudo-bulb from which leaves, roots and flower stems originate. It can grow well in a wide range of temperatures, tolerating even very hot climates if it has the correct ambient humidity. It does not like direct sunlight, and is therefore suitable for partially sunny indoor environments. Air currents can also disturb the growth of Cambria and for this reason it should preferably be placed away from windows. The plant must be repotted at least every two years, when the pseudo-bulb has been emitted: care must be taken to wet the substrate and remove it completely from the roots, eliminating the dead ones; we then proceed with the addition of new substrate in the container.

Method and frequency of fertilization

Fertilization is essential for the health of Cambria much more than other plants because it is often grown on inert substrates such as bark. For this reason it is necessary to regularly supply the right amount of nutrients to ensure lush growth and good flower yield. The fertilizers to be used are those based on macroelements, that is, containing nitrogenous substances, potassium and phosphorus in balanced proportions. These must be diluted in the water used for irrigation and the ideal concentration depends on the type of substrate: it will have to be reduced if Cambria is grown in non-inert soils. The frequency with which to fertilize must be about once every three, four weeks,

Diseases and possible remedies

Cambria is certainly much more resilient than other orchid species. Despite this, it is equally a delicate plant and sensitive to climatic and environmental conditions. So exposure to direct sunlight, proximity to dry heat sources such as radiators, excessive irrigation, stagnation of water on the vegetative part, proximity to strong air currents can cause serious damage to the plant from the simple yellowing of the leaves to death. of the sample. It is therefore necessary to pay attention to the arrangement and care of the Cambria and take small precautions such as inserting a support that slightly raises it from the saucer, equipping the environment with humidifiers and keeping it away from windows. Among the parasitic diseases, however, the most feared is the cochineal infestation, small parasite that manifests itself with the appearance of brown spots on the leaves. To eliminate it, you can try initially by rubbing them with alcohol and cotton wool; if this proves unsuccessful, it is necessary to resort to specific pesticide products.

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