Sunday, October 11, 2009

Cattleya bowringiana

Cattleya bowringiana - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCattleya bowringiana rescue - Plant photo by Richard LindbergWith Cattleya hybrids I can assume that as far as culture goes, one hybrid can be treated pretty much the same as any other. That is not true at all for Cattleya species.

Cattleya bowringiana grows in Belize and Guatemala at low elevations on rocky cliffs. It is cool to warm growing and blooms in the fall. It needs a short rest after blooming.

I have had this plant for several years but by the time I started a formal inventory it had declined in health. It continued to decline until this spring when I took it off its mount and put it in the hospital in a last-ditch effort to save it.

Over the summer it has started a new growth and even has a bud. Of course, the bud is gone now. I don't want it using any energy blooming. Still, it is a hopeful sign.

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