Monday, December 19, 2011

Cattleya walkeriana

Cattleya walkeriana - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCattleya walkeriana - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe second of the three divisions from the Cattleya walkeriana has bloomed. I got and almost killed it a year ago. Luckily, there were at least some roots left and the two leads seem to have recovered.

Cattleya walkeriana grows in Brazil on trees and moist rocks at elevations up to 6000'. It is fragrant, needs bright light and blooms in the fall. It doesn't like to be disturbed.

This plant is growing bare root in a plastic basket. There are three pseudobulbs and a new growth. This is the basket the original plant came in. Back them it was about three times as large and the basket had treefern fiber inside. In my greenhouse that retained far too much water.


  1. I have two of these orchids purchased this past July. I have read in the book Understanding Orchids these can be difficult to get blooming. Have you had good experiences with this orchid. Did you fertilize with any special kind of fertilizer.
    Vivienne S.

    1. No, not particularly. They do seem difficult. I use Bayer 3-in-one for general fertilization.