Saturday, August 6, 2011

Cattleya harrisoniana 'Maroo' AM/AOS

When I left Tuesday, this plant had a spike that was just about ready to pop out of its sheath. When I went out this morning to check on progress, I found the spike gone and the leaf chewed.

Cattleya harrisoniae 'Maroo' AM/AOS - Plant photo by Richard LindbergCattleya harrisoniana grows on the coastal plains of the States of Rio de Janeiro and EspĂ­rito Santo in humid swampy areas along the coast. It is cool to warm growing, fragrant and blooms in late summer.

This plant is mounted on a 6x6-inch piece of cork bark. There are five pseudobulbs. I bought this plant about a year ago and this was to be the chance to get a flower picture.

This is rodent damage, not snail or slug damage. There are plenty of squirrels in the area but the dog keeps them on the fence-top, not in the yard. I am going to bet on mice.


  1. Darn rodents. I was recently away when I had my first ever cattleya pop and bloom, no rodents. It is a C. gaskelliana. Too bad I did not get to see it develop. I have had a couple weeks to enjoy once I returned. Hope I can get more of my plants to bloom. I don't think I realized the patience required when I purchased young, and therefore inexpensive plants.

  2. Thats heartbreaking. So sorry to hear. The few blooms that I get out of my small collection seem like a tremendous feat, I would be so upset if all that anticipation got eaten.

  3. As they say in baseball, "There's always next year".

  4. I think I jinxed myself. I had a nice spike developing on one of my oncidiums that just got sheared off in the middle by some pest. Maybe I will get a couple blooms, but still upseting.

  5. That's a shame! What was it, do you think? At least you can go after them so they don't get other plants.