Monday, May 30, 2011

Cattleya dowiana aurea

At Christmas I bought myself a present, 10 Cattleya dowiana aurea seedlings. The plants were healthy with 7 of the 10 having visible new growth.

The last of these plants died this month. I think I didn't treat them enough like seedlings or the difference in conditions was too much for the young plants. A couple died right away and I never found the right place for them as they kept dying.

I am not sure what I learned except to be shy of seedlings.

4 comments:

  1. I got two of the same seedlings from the same seller after reading your first post last December. I was disappointed that the plants were just seedlings recently potted up from plugs, much smaller than the ebay description. Despite pampering, one of them died a month later, but the other one is showing a bit of new growth. I'd be hesitant about buying from that vendor again.

    DaveH_SF

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  2. Although they're catts, they prefer it moister and shadier than you'd think. That's just my experience. YMMV.

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  3. A good representation of the "agony of defeat", Richard. This is supposed to be a difficult species for many growers. I killed one when I was first acquiring species and have not been tempted to try again.

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  4. I was lucky to get a mature Cattleya Dowiana Aurea on Ebay
    I kept it in the corner of my small green house and I should say I kept it pretty moist. The water here in San Francisco has a great quality so I use the hose to spray the plants when temperature exceeds 90F, I use rain water to water the actual pots the orchids grow in. C Dowiana Aurea bloomed for me and just recently finished blooming with 10 beautiful, large, very fragrant flowers.

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