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Yellow Cattleya

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Cattleya Blc Nakornchaisri Delight x Blc Haadyai Delight 05 - 2017

When I bought this Cattleya orchid yesterday, the single flower was still in bud, but it was obvious that it was going to be yellow. It was one of the cheapest that were sold in Collectors Corner.

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Cattleya amethystoglossa

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cattleya-orchid

February 14 , 2017: Cattleya amethystoglossa (could be hybrid). Thick and rigid bifoliate leaves on a long cane-like pseudo bulb (up to 30 cm long). The waxy flowers are candy pink with spots and the lips are dark maroon. With all bifoliate Cattleya orchids, repotting and division are done only when the plants are active and growing  a new bulb with new roots have started to grow underneath it.

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What Happen to These Orchids?

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Cymbidium Sleepy Sarah ‘Lovely’ x Ruby Eyes ‘Tetra Baron’:

This Cymbidium  is one of my early orchids. and it was repotted into three divisions few years ago. I gave one to a friend. Today it is only one pot of this orchid left and is still struggling to grow mature bulbs.

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Repotting & Dividing Our Cattleya Orchid

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Many articles online recommend to repot Cattleya orchids in Spring. Our unifoliate Cattleya just finished flowering few weeks ago and the new flower bud in the sheath was rotten and I cut it out yesterday. This morning I decided to repot and divide the orchid plant, even though it is near autumn in another 2 weeks.

Looking at our Cattleya, it looked like it had been grown in that pot for a long-long time as the surface of the growing media was fully covered with moss. New growths and roots hung outside the pot. When I took it out from the pot, the root system was not very good with many rotten and the growing media had started to disintegrate. The rhizome was long and it would need a big pot to accommodate the whole plant in and big pot is not very good. So I decided to cut the plant into two sections. One bigger part consists of the new bulbs + leaves and the roots that were hanging outside the pot. The other section is smaller that consists of the old bulbs and leaves. It has only very few healthy roots, but I hope it will grow more later on.

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Cattleya – Flower Growing Stages

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The no-id rhizanthoid unifoliate Cattleya orchid that I recently bought has a a flower sheath and a small new growth. This new growth is still too tiny to see what it is going to be. It can be a new bulb or another flower sheath, any which way it certainly is happily welcome.

I will recorded the progress of the flower sheath and the new growth. I will make updates here until the flower has grown in full bloom and the new growth has reached the point where I am sure what it is going to be, a bulb or a sheath………………….

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Cattleya – Another Flower

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Another note about our Cattleya orchid (NOID).

Flowers grow from near roots

Guess what? I spotted what is called a Cattleya sheath. It is where the flower bud will immerge. From the slightly transparent sheath I can see a bud. I am sure it will be another bloom! I am so very-very pleased.

My husband said that I was like a little kid with a brand new toy. Completely obsessed! Yes, I am really captivated by my very first Cattleya orchid. I read many articles and watched videos about it. How to grow it and all about the plant characteristics. From all that I have learned so far, all Cattleya flowers grow from the bottom of the leaves, so it is on the top of the long Pseudobulb.

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First Cattleya Orchid

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Cattleya Mauve Colour

I went to Caribbean market this morning. The weather today is sunny and pleasantly warm 24 – 27 deg. C. It is school holiday and also many people are still having their end of year holiday, so the market was very crowded when I got there.

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