Thursday, October 6, 2011

Cattleya Laurie Lynn Westenberger

I pulled this backbulb division out of its 2-inch pot today. The picture is of a stub of a pseudobulb between two pseudobulbs. That was the original division. Each of those sprouted and has produced two years of growth along with nice roots. It is ready to be separated into the two plants.

This backbulb division is ready to separate and move out of rocks after two years

Cattleya Laurie Lynn Westenberger - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCattleya Laurie Lynn Westenberger - Plant photo by Richard LindbergCattleya Laurie Lynn Westenberger is Cattleya Bob Betts x Claesiana and was registered in 1958. It is a beautiful flower that compares well to any modern white hybrid.

Each of the two pieces is in its own 3 1/2-inch clay pot, in sphagnum moss with foam peanuts on the bottom. Even though each of the divisions has three pseudobulbs and decent roots, the two new generations of pseudobulbs are quite small. It will take another year, more likely two years before blooming. Even so I think it is worth the effort to have the satisfaction of growing a very collectable hybrid.

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