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.


  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.

  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.


  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.