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Cattleya ( Sophronitis ) wittigiana

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by spiro K., Dec 10, 2013.

  1. spiro K.

    spiro K. Well-Known Member

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    Very happy with my C. wittigiana.
    I got it from AWZ ,in Brazil, a couple of years ago, as a seedling.
    A tricky little thing, it makes very few roots, and is easy to kill! Cattleya wittingiana (700x534).jpg IMG_5144 (700x467).jpg
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I killed mine. You are doing a good job. How are you keeping it alive?
     
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    Boytjie Out hiking Supporting Member

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    Also interested in the answer to this question. I've had mine two years - barely grows, some shoots survive, some wither, it never blooms. One more season, and out it goes.
     
  4. spiro K.

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    Other than the usual ,(cool,moist,breezy),I have potted it in a mix of clay pellets (LECA)and bits of sphagnum,bark and charcoal.This way it cannot loose all its roots when the media rots! I've learned the hard way!!
     
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    Boytjie Out hiking Supporting Member

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    Interesting idea. Mine is mounted on tree fern. I may un-mount it and pot it up in a small clay pot in some LECA and moss and see if it does any better this year. Thanks! -Stephen
     
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    ZWUM Bulbophiliac Staff Member

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    Stunning! I love sophronitis but they are a challenge to grow.
     
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    DPfarr Well-Known Member

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    Very nice. I got a number or these in the last year from different bloodlines. One of the two I got from Peter Lin's cross of two awarded parents is about to open tomorrow and I am excited.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks for posting it. It is lovely.
     
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    If your tossing it toss it over here! Ha ha ha....sorry I couldn't help myself!
     
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    DPfarr Well-Known Member

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    Interesting the difference in the forms of this species.

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    ZWUM Bulbophiliac Staff Member

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    Wow! Is that line bred or a 4N, that's some serious petal action
     
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    DPfarr Well-Known Member

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    Probably both. Peter Lin, who bred the population this seedling came out of told me this seedling looked like the parent 'Pink Opal'.

    It is nice to see what this species might look like without the toothpicks and decisions what makes it more appealing to man.
     
  13. spiro K.

    spiro K. Well-Known Member

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    I agree,though its interesting to see what can be done with the wild species.
    Not that my clone was wild; it was a seedling by AWZ orchids ,crossbred from their collected clones.
     
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    well I love first one second clone looks like swollen pig ;-P