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Cattleya intermedia var orlata

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Harvey south florida z10b, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Harvey south florida z10b

    Harvey south florida z10b Active Member

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    One of my favorite cats...
     
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    Pretty!
     
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    Beautiful!! My division is in bud.
     
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    What a beautiful shape! And I love the lip color, too!
    :) Is it fragrant?
     
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    Yes it is fragrant. I do not like to stake flowers. Some orchids it is required. I avoid those. I like it when they naturally align in an orderly fashion. I will help it along somewhat if needed. Intermedia makes a very nice presentation.
     
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    Thank you. I have an "alba", but it is still a baby-plant so I must be patient with it. :) Meanwhile, I'm grateful to you and others posting such a beautiful flowers that I can enjoy...
    How do you grow yours?
     
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    These 2 plants were divisions from the same plant at the same time. It likes potting a little better. Both are healthy and happy. One is mounted on cork. The other is potted in lava rock in a clay pot. They both get watered daily. Morning sun and bright shade. As in the picture I like to plant potted plants on the medium, not in it. Some roots grow in the pot others not.
     
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    Thank you very much.
    Interesting way of potting.
    :) I love all those roots hanging everywhere.
     
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    For growing orchids, I try to copy as close as possible, the plants experience in nature, this case Brazil. I imagine the plant on a tree and having multiple rain and dry on a per day basis. Lava rock and clay pots has minimal water retention. So it can take frequent water. My cork mount get daily water too. It probably can take 2 waters a day on cork. But it is doing well. By planting ON the medium it is more like a mount. Not for all orchid types. No phals, bulbo's or phaps to name a few. If the plant likes mounting, then lava and clay pots work. It must be firmly connected with a rhizome clip or 2. My thinking is if there are roots everywhere the plant is happy. It is what they do in nature. I have seen roots more than 30' up a tree.
    Also I use maxi-crop. A Norwegian seaweed juice that is a root stimulant. A true game changer. Find it online. The roots get fatter and there are long translucent tips. Best roots equals best plant! Equals best flowers...
     
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    Thank you again. Maxi-crop. I wrote it down and I will search for it.