Friday, September 28, 2012

C guatemalensis x Mem Helen Brown 'Sweet Abton' AM/AOS

Cattleya guatemalensis x Mem Helen Brown 'Sweet Abton' AM/AOS - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThis plant spent the summer outdoors after having been re-potted last January in sphagnum over peanuts in a clay pot. The new growth is full-sized and there is room for at least three years of growth. The sphagnum will not break down too much in that time because it is watered sparingly.

Cattleya guatemalensis x Mem Helen Brown 'Sweet Abton' AM/AOS - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis plant is in sphagnum over peanuts in a 5 1/2-inch clay pot. There are four pseudobulbs and stands twelve inches above the pot.

This is a nice plant. With three or four leads it could put on a nice show. The reason it is my collection, however, is that a dear friend who passed away a few years ago had a passion for C Mem Helen Brown. That was her mother's maiden name. When I see this plant I think of my friend and the times we drove to San Francisco together.

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