Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cattleya aurantiaca

Cattleya aurantiaca (IW S) - Flower photo by Richard LindbergFor some time last year I tried to add whatever small Laelia and Cattleya species I could without spending too much money. This Cattleya aurantiaca was one of them. I got two plants and divided each, placing them in separate micro climates. This is the first of these to bloom.

Cattleya aurantiaca (IW S) - Plant photo by Richard LindbergCattleya aurantiaca grows in Mexico and El Salvador in rain forests. It is cool to warm growing and blooms in winter and spring.

This plant is in bark over peanuts in a 2 1/2-inch plastic pot. There are three pseudobulbs and a new growth. It is in the clay pot because it is tippy. I should have staked it. I have been doing more staking.

The micro climate for this plant was very little like what I imagine for a rainforest, very hot and bright, not much watering. The 4 pieces are all growing but this one is the only one to flower.

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