Sunday, July 28, 2013

Cattleya lueddemanniana

Cattleya lueddemanniana - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCattleya lueddemanniana - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCattleya lueddemanniana - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis Cattleya lueddemanniana is a backbulb division from Dave at Cattleyaphilia. I got three backbulb divisions from him in March and I still owe him something in return. This is the last one to be potted.

Cattleya lueddemanniana grows on the northern coast of Venezuela. It is fragrant, warm to hot growing and needs bright light. It blooms in summer or fall.

The plant is not ready to be potted. But I felt I had to do something. It has been declining steadily and is not showing any signs of sprouting. Direct potting of Catt backbulbs is not my favorite method but the prop-up-and-wait method wasn't working. Now it is a matter of waiting.

I have several Cattleya lueddemanniana varieties. I think a nice small collection could be made of this species alone. They are a very beautiful flower. The picture on this post is my generic picture. I am looking forward to changing the picture to the flower from this exact plant.


  1. How cold tolerant do you find this species? Everything I've read is completely contradictory on this front.

    1. I would not worry too much down into the mid-40s. I did not try to push it lower. It depends partly on if the plant is dry. Dry plants can take cold better than wet ones.