Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cattleya Mary Williams 'Azores'

One of the maintenance activities of an orchid collection is to pick each plant up and inspect it on a regular basis. I will often rotate the plant so that the light is not coming from the same side all the time. The plant will grow stronger and straighter.

After a bud is formed it makes a 180 degree turn to get the flower facing the right way and to get the top of the flower to actually be on top. If the direction of the light changes during this process, the flower gets distracted and doesn't complete the rotation properly. That is what happened to this flower. I didn't put it down facing the same way as it was when I picked it up.

This plant is in sphagnum over peanuts in a 3 1/2-inch clay pot. There are three pseudobulbs and the plant stands eleven inches above the pot. This hybrid is the cross between Cattleya Henrietta Japhet and Cattleya Dubiosa. It was registered by Sea God Nursery in 1975.

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