Sunday, August 22, 2010

Cattleya Orchidglade 'ZOI'

Cattleya Orchidglade 'ZOI' - Flower photo by Richard Lindberg

Cattleya Orchidglade 'ZOI' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI love blooming a plant for the first time. This Cattleya Orchidglade 'ZOI' (I think it is 'ZOI' altho '201' or 'Z01' are equally possible) just bloomed. It is a rescue so I am not worried about the single flower. There will be more next time. This is Cattleya walkeriana x Cattleya aurantiaca and should bloom twice a year with 5-6 flowers.

This is a rescue, not a backbulb division. The lead was not removed when it was potted. There were no live roots and I simply wanted to get the plant started again. It is not an attractive plant and will end up in a couple of years with all the old growth gone. For now, I am going for function over form; the old growth may not look good, but it is supplying energy to the new growth.

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