How to grow cattleyes
Despite the very exotic appearance of the flowers, these are not only orchids suitable for the most daring connoisseurs, but can also be successfully cultivated by the neophyte.
The rhizomes are placed in capacious containers, filled with an incoherent compound, which simulates the substratum present in the origin zones: porous, humid and well aerated.
Usually the compound for epiphytic orchids is made up of pieces of bark, peat, expanded clay, or even polystyrene or pieces of wood.
Introduced in this soil, the roots enjoy good humidity and excellent ventilation.
During the spring and summer we will keep our cattleya in a cool, very well-lit, humid and well ventilated place; if possible, when the climate is mild, let’s place the pot outdoors, not exposed to the sun’s rays during the hottest hours of the day.
- The genus orchids cattleya has about fifty species of epiphytes and lithophytes, originating in South America; they are equipped with fleshy pseudobulbs, which may have dimensions close to the 5-7 cm, and have a …
- These orchids have pseudobulbs from which they originate leaves and depending on the number of leaves they generate we can talk about cattleya orchid monofoliata or bifoliata.
- The cattleya orchid can be monofoliate or bifoliate, depending on the number of leaves on the plant; those in the first group have taller stems (up to 1 m) and produce flowers of different sizes.
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Temperature and soil
The most popular temperature for these orchids is around 20-25°C, without excessive changes between day and night. Let’s keep the soil cool, slightly moist, but let’s not soak it with water. Rather, let’s vaporize frequently the stems and the substratum, and only sporadically immerse the whole pot in a basin full of water, drain it and put it back in its place. An always wet substrate favours a lot the onset of rottenness, which can compromise the whole plant.
In autumn the foliage tends to wither and the plant enters a vegetative rest; we suspend the watering, which will resume in spring, when the stems will begin to sprout again. The Cattleye are much loved by the lovers of orchids, and during the centuries, they have been hybridized with many other genera.
Cattleya – Cattleya: A plant with a bizarre trend
The cultivation is simple, the flower is beautiful, the flowering from year to year tends to be more and more lush, so why don’t we all have a cattleya at home?
Unfortunately, these plants are often very large, so much so that it is necessary to grow them in the greenhouse, rather than at home, because they can hardly find a place on the shelf next to the television.
The plant then tends to develop in a “bulky” way; that is, the basal rhizomes tend to stretch horizontally, as do for example the rhizomes of the strawberries: starting from an initial pseudobulb in flower, moving away horizontally of some centimetres, the plant will produce, during the months, another pseudobulb, from which will come out the new buds, when the old ones have already withered since weeks; therefore, during the development of the second pseudobulb, the plant may produce other buds, always moving linearly away from the “starting” stem.
The period of development from the flower to the withering of the pseudobulb lasts less than one year, and therefore, we shall be able to get, in the time, plants which have a row formed by a pseudobulb, by now withered, one in phase of withering, one with the flowers, one recently developed which is producing leaves.
Then, in the space of some years, it will be better to remove the pseudobulbs, by now withered and dry, and to place, in the centre of the pot, the stem which is blooming, in order to better occupy the space in the container.
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