Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cattleya forbesii

Cattleya forbesii - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI was going write that the Cattleya forbesii I bought recently as bloomed. But that would be wrong, since what you see is actually half of the plant I bought. I have a policy of not only re-potting plants as soon as I get them, but of dividing them if possible.

Cattleya forbesii - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCattleya forbesii grows in Brazil near the coast and streams near the ocean. It is fragrant, cool to warm growing and blooms in the winter. It is best grown mounted and in bright light.

The reason that this plant is in a pot instead of being mounted is that I saw a spike shadow in the sheath so I figured I would let it bloom.

The other half is in a pot of rocks too but for another reason. It is all backbulbs and I want to see the location of the sprout before mounting it.

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