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Cattleya

This page is meant to give you information and some useful tips about the care of the Cattleya. You will also find all the Cattleya species we offer in our assortment.

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Derivation of the name

In 1824, John Lindley named the Cattleya after the Englishman Sir William Cattley, who was the first person ever to get a plant of the Cattleya labiata in bloom.

Features and origin

Cattleya is a gender with around 80 species spread over Central-America, throughout the Amazon area, to the south of Brazil in South-America. They are epiphytes with long-stretched, thick or thin, pseudobulbs where the short-sword-shaped leaves grow from. However, this plant also appears in a lithophytic form. The flower branch emerges from the pseudobulb on the base of the leaf and has two to fifteen flowers, depending on the species. The flower has three, pretty narrow, sepals and three, gerenally bigger, petals. Two petals look alike, the third petal is the lip. This lip has a variety of markings and spots, and often a pleated fringe.

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Care tips

Place

Put the Cattleya on a place with a lot of sunlight where they are protected against strong afternoon sun in summer. This way the Cattleya has the opportunity to grow well.

Temperature

We advise a temperature in between 16.5℃ and 18℃ ’s by night and by day a temperature in between 23℃ and 27,5℃.
In winter, a constant temperature of 18℃ is recommended.

Humidity

We advise a humidity between around 30% and 60%. This differs per species within the gender and depends on the size of the plant.

Water

Make sure the plant gets lot of water, but let the soil dry in first before watering again. This comes down to around watering once a week in summer and once a 2/3 weeks in winter.

Fertilizer

During summer, we recommend to use fertilizer with every time you water.
The fertilizer is important, because there won’t be enough sunlight for the Cattleya. Normally, the sunlight provides the Cattleya with sugars that are essential to create the growth of flower branches. Therefore it’s harder for the Cattleya to start blooming without the fertilizer.

Repotting

Repot every year in rough bark. The best time to do this is when the days start to get longer again, so right before the start of spring.