Friday, August 19, 2011

Cattleya percivaliana marmoreada

Cattleya percivaliana marmoreada - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg

Cattleya percivaliana marmoreadaWith my Cattleya percivaliana marmoreada I have the situation where the plant is growing out of the pot but I don't want to repot. All the new roots are outside the pot and need to be watered more frequently than the rest of the pot. An easy and effective solution is to put one pot inside of another larger one with a few pieces of rock to keep it from moving too much in the bigger pot.

Cattleya percivaliana grows in Venezuela and Colombia in the mountains above 4000 feet near rivers. It is a large sized lithophytic plant out in the full sun. It is fragrant and blooms in the fall. This variety is a beautiful and rare color form which features unusual tessellations throughout petals and sepals.

This plant will produce a division next spring and another the spring after that. I got this backbulb division in April last year and it sprouted and bloomed for Christmas. I may get two spikes in bloom for the spring show if leave it outside as long as possible to try to delay blooming.


  1. I love this plant, if you divide it drop me a line. Perhaps we could workout a nice trade.