Cymbidium culture suggestions?
In a moment of weakness, I bought a couple of cymbidiums, although quite a few years ago I was spectacularly unsuccessful with them. Here's my new plan:
I have a porch on the north side of my house where I keep a number of low light plants such as clivia, and the cymbidiums would be in an area that gets a little morning sun, and then bright shade for the rest of the day. They would probably not get any rain directly. This setup would be from mid-May to late September, and here in coastal CT the temp might spike to 98*F briefly for a few days, but not often.
The rest of the year, I would keep the 'chids in a cool room in my house where they would still get some early morning sunlight, but otherwise would get only bright shade--I will probably use some artificial lighting. My many clivias have always done well in this area over the winter with very low shade. The temps in the part of my house (believe it or not) seldom go over 55*F.
When I tried my hand at cymbidiums before, I'm afraid I gave them much too much sunlight and incorrect watering, mostly overwatering.
I'm open to suggestions--do my new conditions seem reasonable for the new cymbidiums, or is it another exercise in futility? I would like to hear of others' experiences...