Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Cattleya intermedia var alba 'Pine Knot'

Cattleya intermedia var alba 'Pine Knot' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergAnother neglected seedling found in the greenhouse was this Cattleya intermedia var alba 'Pine Knot' that I got from Ian's Orchids in 2010. It is one of two I bought. The other is mounted and doing OK but has not bloomed.

Cattleya intermedia grows from Sao Paulo Brazil to Uruguay and Argentina near the ocean or streams. It is fragrant, cool to warm growing. It needs bright light and blooms in summer.

This plant is in sphagnum over peanuts in a 3 1/2-inch clay pot. There are three pseudobulbs and the plant stands three inches above the pot. It has better roots than the top of the plant indicates. It is double-potted in an effort to slow the drying a little so I can water it on the same schedule as the larger clay-potted plants.

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