Monday, February 27, 2012

Cattleya Johnette Bowers

Cattleya Johnette Bowers - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCattleya Johnette Bowers - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI have only had this plant since last October when I got it from Steve Christoffersen. I trimmed and re-potted it so I was happy to see it bloom already. This is a Carter & Holmes cross registered in 1995. It is C Swan Lake 'Cimmeron Valley' AM/AOS (1964) x C Lucille Small 'Marshall' FCC/AOS (1960).

This plant is in sphagnum over peanuts in a seven inch clay pot. There are three pseudobulbs with great roots and stands fourteen inches above the pot. It looks as if it is over-potted but there are a lot of roots in the sphagnum.

It is strongly fragrant but the flower is not openning up well. I am going to take it to Sonoma for the display window. It if it does open better I will re-take the flower picture.


  1. Richard, I'm a big fan of your blog. Thanks for all of the pictures and information. I have a question: how often do you water your Cattleyas in sphagnum moss in the clay pots?

  2. I use a finger press test. If there is some give to the top surface I don't water. It is not often in winter. I touch each pot twice a week but many pots inside the greenhouse go two or three weeks. Summer with more light and higher temperatures and active growth it will be once a week probably.