Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Cattleya Daffodil

I tell anyone who cares to listen that propogation from backbulbs is a basic skill. It can provide you with a new collection plant that could never be acquired within the orchid budget any other way. But to learn it, we need to practice.

This is an 18-month old backbulb division that is ready to pot. It is still a couple of years from blooming. It started with a single backbulb (on the left) that had no roots and would have been easy to throw away. It was the result of improving the shape of a larger division of Cattleya Daffodil.

Cattleya Daffodil - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCattleya Daffodil is one of the classics. It is the cross between Cattleya Mercia x Cattleya jongheana and it was registered in 1907. The flower picture I have here doesn't do it justice. A plant with five or six spikes in bloom makes quite an impression.

The larger pseudobulb on the left is the original piece. It had leaves but no live roots. I put it in a pot of rock pieces and waited.

The pseudobulb on the right is the first sprout. The function of that pseudobulb is to grow enough roots to get the plant through to the next new growth. In this case it did a better than normal job and grew a very nice set of roots. Now the next new growth has started and I expect it to be near normal size. Sometimes there is a second year needed to get this many roots.

This plant is now in sphagnum and clay. Bark and plastic would be a better choice for most growers. Sphagnum and clay seems to be ready for water sooner than it really is. I let the top get hard enough that there is no give to the surface when I touch it.


  1. hey richard,can i have the cattleya daffodil? by the way, i have never had a freebie before.Joshua Sia

  2. I am planning to give something away before the end of June, but this isn't it. Keep reading the blog and be the first to claim it when I announce it.