The Cattleya originates in Central and South America. The English orchid collector William Cattleya helped the Cattleya to his name. For some South American countries (including Colombia) the Cattleya is the national symbol. 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 species have more flowers per stem than the large-flowered ones. The Cattleya stands out for the 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 a lot of light or sun in their natural environment. The Cattleya also needs a lot of light here, but no bright sun. The Cattleya can be outdoors in the summer, with half light and half shade. The ideal temperature for the Cattleya is 18 to 22˚C. The flowering period of the Cattleya is two to three weeks.
The Cattleya likes a light location, but do not place it in direct sunlight.
Watering once a week is sufficient in winter. In the summer, this may be slightly more frequent, depending on the location. Lukewarm water is best for the Cattleya. Immerse the Cattleya until no more bubbles emerge, and then let it drain well before you put it back.
Feed the Cattleya Orchid once a month. Manure 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 flowering, the flower dries out automatically and falls off. There is no need to cut the branch away.
After flowering, a new growth vial appears at the bottom of the faded bulb (mature shoot). From the sheath, at the base of the leaf, a new flower stalk is created. The sheath ensures protection at the early stage. When the young shoot is fully grown, it starts to bloom again. This whole process takes six to nine months.
Put the Cattleya in a bigger pot every two years. Use fine bark (orchid soil). It is important to keep Cattleya growing considerably, because only the new shoots give flowers.
Watch out with full sun: These plants should not be in the direct and direct sun, because the risk of burning exists. A light spot where the sun does not directly shine is good. A window on the north or a shielding from the sun would be fine.
Dipping 1x per week: A pot plant with the pot in a container with water indicates that this plant likes to be dipped into the water for a short time (10 minutes) with the root ball. After watering, the water must drain.
Nutrition 1x per month: This plant has a moderate nutritional need. Taking food once a month with due regard for the concentration recommended 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 spectacular colors.
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