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Cattleya luteola

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Mary Jane, Jun 16, 2009.

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  1. Mary Jane

    Mary Jane New Member

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    It worked! Now they are perfect. Thanks, Ann.

    And again, thank you to all who looked and commented, it's appreciated. And thank you to all who looked and refrained from commenting, I appreciate that too! :D
     
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    Gordon Member

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    Pretty! Luteola is one of the more compact cattleyas, isnt it? Small plant, big flowers is good.
     
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    Most excellent Ms MJ! Hope mines that nice when it grows up
     
  4. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    nice job MJ
     
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    I ordered this plant about a year ago from Gold Country Orchids. It was in a two in. pot of sphagnum and was advertised as blooming size. I grew it on the dry side during the winter because it supposedly requires a rest. In early spring it awakened and grew two new growths (no flowers) that have matured at about three inches. My questions are: Is it really blooming size and what does it like in the way of culture?
     
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    I do not rest mine at all, katiedid. I give it high light, water all year and mounted on some cork so I can be sure it dries good between waterings. During the short dark days of winter, I probably don't water as often but I never stop completely.

    Hugh huimidity is preferred but I struggle with that during the winter months when the plants are inside the house. Temperatures are hot in the summer and warm in the winter, in my case.

    A balanced or high-nitrogen fertilizer is good from spring to midsummer, but one high in phosphates should be used in late summer thru fall, according to the Baker sheet.

    I hope this is helpful to you and maybe someone else could chime in on what is actual blooming size. This is my first bloom with this plant and for all I know, it's the last! LOL!
     
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    katiedid, this is not a species that likes to be rested.
     
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    Tracey Interloper

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    One of my all time favourites. Loverly MJ