Cattleyas Orchid

Discussion in 'Orchidaceae (orchids)' started by homar, May 1, 2004.

  1. homar

    homar Member

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    huntington beach, ca
    When my cattleyas orchid finished blooming last year, I cut the flower stem at the base. Following the instructions of a local garden shop in southern CA. The orchid has since started several air roots and seems to be thriving in a NE window. How long will it take to start a new flower stem and how will I be able to recognize it.
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  2. mr.shep

    mr.shep Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    San Joaquin Valley, California
    Hi Homar:

    For us in Fresno indoors, not in a greenhouse, Cattleyas
    bloom between April and June. The books that we have
    are rather inconsistent on what triggers a blooming spike
    or spikes to appear. Is it light reduction or cooler temps
    that will facilitate a bloom? I think both factors are equally
    important. I have not found for us which factor works best
    but I am leaning towards cooler night time temps.

    The spike itself starts as a round stem-like protrusion that you
    will not mistake for anything other than a blooming spike. On
    one of our varieties the flowering spike develops from the tip
    of a shoot ending in a whorl of two leaves. The other form of
    Cattleya of ours will have its spike initiate from the base of the

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