Saturday, August 20, 2011

Cattleya forbesii

Cattleya forbesii - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCattleya forbesii - Plant photo by Richard LindbergLast year at about this time I bought a couple of Cattleya forbesii seedlings. None of the plants in the flask had bloomed at that time, but one of them bloomed for me almost right away.

Cattleya forbesii grows in Brazil near the coast and streams near the ocean. It is fragrant, cool to warm growing and blooms in the winter. It is best grown mounted and in bright light.

This is the second plant. It was no different from the other in size but it waited until this year to bloom. Where the first one showed no color at all, there is a bit of a blush on this one. It is very subtle but it is there. The picture I just took of it doesn't show it well, but I will take it outdoors into more natural light and try again later.


  1. That's nice! You've been on a roll, lately, every day a new post and new orchid. I love it.

  2. I try for a post every day, but don't worry if I miss a day. I try not to miss two in a row or two in a week.

    A new orchid every day is another matter. I sometimes wonder if everyone is as interested in Laelia anceps as I am or how often is too often to talk about a single plant.

    Doing this blog has increased my enjoyment of orchids very much.