Monday, August 19, 2013

Cattleya gaskelliana var alba

Cattleya gaskelliana var alba - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCattleya gaskelliana var alba - Flower photo by Richard LindbergCattleya gaskelliana var alba - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe class I took on orchid care included ten rules of thumb. They are a good start toward having a healty, blooming collection. I can see, however, that I have been neglecting rule number 10. "Become an inspector. Bi-weekly observation is key".

Cattleya gaskelliana grows in Colombia and Venezuela at 2000 to 3000 feet. It is fragrant, cool to warm growing and blooms in fall and winter.

This plant was a seedling I got to add an Cattleya species to the collection. That was thirty months ago. I put it aside and it has sat in the same, dark place all that time.

I have "found" several plants during my search for $5 table plants. I'm not sure that I can look at every plant even once a month, but I will try. I might even make that a working definition of having too many plants.


  1. Nice looking flower.

  2. Keep me in mind if you come up with something similar. I am reserving it now. It is very nice. thank you. Maria Palanca

  3. Love the "ten rules of thumb!" So simple and precise. Also love your blog! Again, simple and precise. Thanks for sharing so often!

  4. I really miss your posts! I imagine you are trying to figure out where to house all of your plants from the Sonoma greenhouse before old man winter arrives. A difficult job, to be sure!

  5. You are missed! Hope everything is well with you and your family. Maria Palanca

  6. The trip had some lasting effect. There was my birthday which made me feel firmly in teh oldz category. Also, there was a crossed off bucket list item, a REAL one, one where there would have been major regret if I had missed the opportunity.

    Anyway, I am feeling more myself now.