Cattleya Orchid


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Picture of Cattleya Orchid Cattleya Orchid
Common Name: Cattleya Orchid
Botanical Name: Cattleya spp. (KAT-lee-a)
Decorative Life: 4-5 days as corsage.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Recut stems under water and place into a fresh flower food solution. Flowers or stems may have individual vials of solution attached, maintain levels in vials, flowers cut in the bud stage fail to open.
  • Chilling sensitive, avoid damaging the pollen cap as this begins the wilting process.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Orchidaceae (orchid family).
  • Native to Central and South America.
  • Related species include Cymbidium, Dendrobium, Paphiopedilum, Phalaenopsis.
Personality:
  • Flowers 2-5 inches across, with 3 colored sepals, large side petals and a broad, tongue-shaped lip that is frilled or fringed.
  • Stems up to 20 inches long with one or more flowers.
  • Plant is an epiphytic perennial, in nature it grows on tree branches, classed as a monocotyledon, leaves mostly parallel veined.
  • Some flower types are fragrant.
Availability: Year-round.
Flower Color: Purple, white, yellow, orange and combinations thereof.
Storage Specifics: 55-60 F, can be stored 1 week.
Tidbits:
  • Named for William Cattley, a lover of horticulture in the 19th century, who received the first Cattleya plants as packing material around other plants shipped to him from Brazil.
  • Orchids have long been highly sought after, probably for the unusual beauty of their design. Orchid hunters in the nineteenth century collected them by the ton, and chopped down as many as four thousand trees at one time for the Orchids growing on them.
  • Most are classified as "epiphytes" or air plants as they grow on other plants and elevated supports. They are not parasites but obtain water and nutrients through a spongy covering of their roots.
  • Chilling injury or ethylene damage appears as translucent or dried patches on petals and sepals.
  • Cattleya orchids are actually a complex group of hybrids involving the genera Cattleya, Laelia, Brassavola and Sophronitas. This family is generally believed to contain the largest number of species, somewhere around 30,000.
Picture of Cattleya Orchid Cattleya Orchid
Common Name: Cattleya Orchid
Botanical Name: Cattleya spp. (KAT-lee-a)
Decorative Life: Up to a few weeks depending on the environment.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Chill sensitive, avoid damaging the pollen cap as this begins the wilting process.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Orchidaceae (orchid family).
  • Native to Central and South America.
  • Related species include Cymbidium, Dendrobium, Paphiopedilum, Phalaenopsis.
Personality:
  • Flowers 2-5 inches across, with 3 colored sepals, large side petals and a broad, tongue-shaped lip that is frilled or fringed.
  • Stems up to 20 inches long with one or more flowers.
  • Plant is an epiphytic perennial, in nature it grows on tree branches, classed as a monocotyledon, leaves mostly parallel veined.
  • Some flower types are fragrant.
Availability: Year-round.
Flower Color: Purple, white, yellow, orange and combinations thereof.
Storage Specifics: Store at 55-60F for up to one week.
Tidbits:
  • Named for William Cattley, a lover of horticulture in the 19th century, who received the first Cattleya plants as packing material around other plants shipped to him from Brazil.
  • Orchids have long been highly sought after, probably for the unusual beauty of their design. Orchid hunters in the nineteenth century collected them by the ton, and chopped down as many as four thousand trees at one time for the Orchids growing on them.
  • Most are classified as "epiphytes" or air plants as they grow on other plants and elevated supports. They are not parasites but obtain water and nutrients through a spongy covering of their roots.
  • Will generally do well in light levels at least bright enough to read a newspaper. Chilling injury or ethylene damage appears as translucent or dried patches on petals and sepals.
  • Cattleya orchids are actually a complex group of hybrids involving the genera Cattleya, Laelia, Brassavola and Sophronitas. This family is generally believed to contain the largest number of species, somewhere around 30,000.