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Convenient care instructions for exquisite Cattleya orchids.

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CATTLEYA

The Cattleya (CAT-lee-ah) is the quintessential corsage orchid.  Their flowers are immediately recognized as an orchid. Cattleya flowers are large, long-lasting and are immensely satisfying to grow.

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TEMPERATURE

Grow your Cattleya with intermediate temperatures (55°-60° F/13°-15.6°C) at night with warmer temperatures (70°-85°F/21°-29° C) during the day.

 

LIGHT

Cattleyas require bright light (2000-4000 fc). You may hear the phrase “Cattleya light” as the standard for many orchids with bright light requirements. Providing enough light is vital to blooming your Cattleya. If your windowsill is insufficient, artificial light works fantastically.

This is the grow light system I use

 

HUMIDITY

Humidity levels between 40-70% are ideal for this orchid. Use a humidifier if necessary and a fan set to low to provide air movement. Home growers: remember 50% is the maximum recommendation.

This is the humidifier I use.

This is the humidistat I use.

This is the fan I use.

WATER

Allow potting mix to dry almost completely between watering. Watch the lead (newest) pseudobulb to be sure that it remain plump. During the winter months cut back slightly on water.

 

FERTILIZATION

Cattleyas are moderate feeders. Apply balanced (7-7-7) liquid fertilizer three out of four weeks. On the fourth week, flood the potting media to rinse fertilizer salts. If orchid is potted in bark, use a high nitrogen fertilizer (9-3-6).

This is the fertilizer I use.

 

POTTING & MEDIA

Under pot Cattleyas: large Cattleyas = 4-6″ pot, mini Cattleyas = 3-4 ” pot. Wait to pot until new roots are growing. Place backbulb (oldest pseudobulb) at the edge of the pot and the newest growth towards the center of the using medium grade fir-bark based potting media.

This is the potting mix I use for my Cattleyas.

 

TIPS

Cattleyas have been heavily hybridized. For best results, look for award winning clones. Full-size Cattleyas can grow very large, if growing space is at a premium, choose a miniature Cattleya.

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Convenient care instructions for exquisite Cattleya orchids.

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I love orchids! Reading your tips has inspired me to take better care of my orchids!

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Kathi-Ann

Anna,
The use of photos are an excellent learning tool. I'm having much better success with my orchids.
Thanks again.

Kathi-Ann

I am very passionate about growing orchids


Colleen Bateman

I live in Southern Africa and have really good growing conditions for most orchids but we are hot and dry. I thank you for all the wonderful advice as I am very passionate about growing orchids.


Milda

Thanks for the info. I love orchids.


Donna Lawless

Thank you so much for this info. Oh my how I wish I had seen and read this article last week. I cut off the aerials ? now I shall be holding my breath. I have had these orchids for 10 ? years. There were so many aerials and so long, So much for tidying up orchids. I hope after all this time I didn't kill them. Stay tuned.....


Amor Martinez

Thank you so much for the tips. I'm just a beginner. I'm loving following your advice and tips.
Amor


Lyn

Thank you for spending so must time explaining temperature etc. I'm going to keep trying. Beautiful! Lyn


Emma

Thanks for giving me some great ideas


Kay R

Thanks for the info. Your photograph is wonderful!


Terry

Thank you for the info. I'm new to growing orchids and learning a lot from you. Very valuable info and tips!!!


ROSITA

I love orchids and I am so glad that I stumbled across your post on. Reading your tips has inspired me to go home and take better care of my orchids.

Thank you I am going to try your tips and see what happens!
Orchid Lover


Tatjana Ramos

I love orchids! Thanks for the tips!


Wanda Anderson

Thanks for tips really love the pictures.


Morag phillips

Dear Anna, thank you for all the great tips.


Thea Gaudette

I am new to orchids though I have wanted to try for years. Your site is by far the BEST, MOST COMPREHENSIVE, and the EASIEST for a novice to use. Thank you so much for giving [me] the confidence to take on these beautiful plants. Thanks again, Thea


Anita Lui

Thank you for the tips on orchids care. Very helpful.


Marie

Brilliant! Thank you. Love your tips!

 

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