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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.

 

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. Easily track humidity levels with a humidistat.

WATER

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

 

FERTILIZATION

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

 

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.

 

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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Steph

Hi!
I have always loved and admired orchids from a distance but never bought one due to their level of care. I received one as a gift about 2 maybe 3 yrs ago and when the blooms fell the first yr I wasn't very optimistic that new ones would grow. But they did, and I fell in love all over again. Moving forward, I noticed the leaves started to shrivel and when I investigated had massive root rot due to over watering. Not knowing the info I know now, I let it dry out and just put it deeper down into the medium. Well, she seems to be bouncing back with new growth. I've bought all my material to repot and have been trying to gather all the info I need to do it. So now armed with your website I feel highly capable of getting my girl healthy. Thanks so much for all this info!

Your tips are right on point!


Patrick Masoperh

Great article Anna!
I grow loads of Orchids (Phals, Vandas Cattleyas & Oncidiums) here in Ghana, usually attached to my trees and in charcoal filled terracotta pots and your tips are right on point!
Thanks for sharing.


Kay R

Thanks for the info. Your photograph is wonderful!


Erica

I just rolled up on your site and I love it.
I will be trying out your ideas asap.
Great information and picks on how to do it right.
Thank you.


Anita Lui

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


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


Emma

Thanks for giving me some great ideas


Tatjana Ramos

I love orchids! Thanks for the tips!


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.....


Brenda

Thank you for your encouragement and helpful advice! I love Orchids!


Morag phillips

Dear Anna, thank you for all the great tips.

Orchid Success!


Kathi-Ann

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


Wanda Anderson

Thanks for tips really love the pictures.

Telepathic


Lesley

Wow! You are telepathic as well as a great inspiration for orchid growers!!
You have read my mind completely!
I live in the Balearics in Spain, and despite our amazing climate, it is still not appropriate for some orchid species. But I am learning...you cannot grow any plant that is not supposed to be in your climate. We see species imported into the garden centres that end up wilted on the shelves…so sad…but as you say, just the leaves alone are very special if you can’t find the way to have them flower again. We keep persevering!
Thanks again for your wise advice!


Marie

Brilliant! Thank you. Love your tips!


Milda

Thanks for the info. I love orchids.

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.


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

 

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