The Cattleya is native to Central and South America. The English orchid collector William Cattleya gave the Cattleya its name. The Cattleya is the national symbol for a number of South American countries (including Colombia). They are epiphytes; in nature they grow on trees.
The Orchid is available all year round at the better florists and garden centers. The peak is in the spring and autumn.
The Cattleya has the most varied appearance of all orchids. There are large and small flowered Cattleyas. The small-flowered varieties have more flowers per stem than the large-flowered ones. The Cattleya stands out for its spectacular colors. The Cattleya is often fragrant, especially when they are in the daylight.
All Cattleyas have fairly hard leaves. This indicates that they get quite a lot of light or sun in their natural environment. The Cattleya therefore needs a lot of light here too, but not bright sun. The Cattleya can be placed outside in the summer, with half light and half shade. The ideal temperature for the Cattleya is 18 to 22˚C. The flowering time of the Cattleya is two to three weeks.
The Cattleya likes a light position, but do not place it in direct sunlight.
In winter, watering once a week is sufficient. Depending on the location, this can be done more often in summer. Lukewarm water is best for the Cattleya. Dip the Cattleya until no more bubbles appear and then drain well before putting it back.
Feed the Cattleya Orchid once a month. Fertilize the Cattleya twice in the winter period.
The ideal temperature is between 15 ° C and 25 ° C.
Treat the Cattleya after flowering in the same way as during flowering. When the flower has finished blooming, the flower dries out automatically and falls off. There is no need to cut the branch.
After flowering, a new growth shoot appears at the bottom of the finished bulb (full-grown shoot). From the sheath, at the base of the leaf, a new flower stem develops. The sheath provides protection in the early stages. When the young shoot is fully grown, it will flower again. This entire process takes six to nine months.
Place the Cattleya in a larger pot every two years. Use fine bark (Orchid soil). It is important to keep the Cattleya growing vigorously, because only the new shoots produce flowers.
Caution with full sun: These plants should not be in full and direct sun, because there is a risk of burning. A light place where the sun does not shine directly is good. A north-facing window or a shade from the sun would be fine.
Immersion 1x per week: A pot plant with the pot in a container of water indicates that this plant likes to be immersed with the root ball in the water for a short time (10 minutes). After dipping, the water must drain.
Nutrition 1x per month: This plant has a moderate nutritional requirement. Grooming once a month with food at the recommended concentration on the product is sufficient.
Not suitable for consumption: These plants are not suitable for consumption by humans and animals.
Source: Orchids info
The Cattleya is loved for its more spectacular colors.
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