Monday, June 13, 2011

Cattleya luteola

Cattleya luteola - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCattleya luteola - Plant photo by Richard LindbergMy Cattleya luteola divisions are both blooming. This is the first time in the four years I have had them. The first two years there was a single plant in rock, then two years ago I divided it and mounted both pieces.

Cattleya luteola grows in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, in lowland tropical rain forests. It needs a dry winter rest.

The plant conditions have changed over time. The light is brighter and the winters are dryer. I am not sure what did the trick but usually is is light level is why orchids don't re-bloom.


  1. Thanks, although I plan to try to improve the flower picture in the next couple of days.

  2. I got one of these a year ago in bloom. It is potted in medium chunks of bark and rock, which I have not changed. It is currently blooming for the second time. A spike just finished, and another is opening. I had it upstairs for fall and spring, where it gets wild swings in temperature over the day. In the middle of winter it was under lights in the basement and the temp stayed pretty steady at 60-65F. My watering is sporadic at best. The person I got it from had some very nice, large ones in wooden baskets in his greenhouse. I might take a division and try that.

  3. Lisa, Sporadic watering is fine for these and they like plenty of light. Sounds as if the plant is happy with what you are doing.

    And aren't these small Catts nice? Don't take up much space and really need little care.

    The flower picture is new, I took it just now and I like it much better than the first one.

  4. I really like the size of these and the neon yellow coloring. There are some hybrids that have a similar shape that I've been keeping an eye out for.
    I am hoping, with the greenhouse I am in the middle of constructing, to get my watering more under control. Right now I take millions of trips to the sinks to get it all done in the winter- so sometimes it doesn't get done. My summer outside watering regime is much, much better.

  5. I picked up one of these as well and impressed by how easy it is to take care of. I missed the issue of appropriate light,but it bloomed anyway.

    Thanks for the post!