Saturday, January 1, 2011

Cattleya dowiana aurea

I received my Christmas present yesterday. I got 10 Cattleya dowiana aurea plants from cowboyflowerman in Florida. I am pretty happy with the purchase. Shipping was reasonable, only $2 above actual postage, and considering Christmas week, faster than I expected. The plants are healthy with 7 of the 10 having visible new growth.

The only problem I have is with the potting. As you can see, these are 1-inch plugs in a 3-inch pot and they look as if they were very recently potted. I think a 2-inch pot would be better and it would be nice of it were established in the pot. I am not really shocked by this, I have found it to be common practice.

6 comments:

  1. On the other hand, this way, you get to "fiddle" with them and do it your way. I'm sure you will enjoy the effort as well as the outcome.

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  2. I bought two of them also, and received them yesterday. I too saw that they were recently potted plugs. They were described on ebay as 4"-5" plants, but in fact one is only 2" and the other is 3". For 12 bucks each, including shipping, I'd say it was an OK buy but not a great bargain.

    DaveH_SF

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  3. I agree, an ok buy. Mine were about the same size as yours. Since they are growing and are basically in good condition.

    I will grow them until one of them flowers and then see if I can sell most of them. That's the good part of clones, all the flowers will be pretty much the same.

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  4. I found your blog by doing a search for dowiana. I've had bad results with the vendor you purchased from.
    Considering how many vendors have C. dowiana "Aurea" listed on Ebay, I would think a lab/grower released a ton of plugs.
    Good luck! I have saved your blog to my favorites. Great photos and interesting reading.

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  5. Thanks Cathy. I agree, by the time these are blooming size they will be very common. Still, I am looking forward to the experience of working with seedling sized plants.

    I have decided to leave some of them as they are and move some rocks. Then all of them will go into a high light area of the GH.

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  6. Richard, I'm not sure how common they will be. It takes a little skill and a lot of humidity to grow this orchid.
    I think it would be great if you posted updates periodically.

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