Cattleya is a genus of 113 species of orchids. Most Cattleyas and their relatives are easy to grow. With reasonable care, they can be grown anywhere in the world. With proper care, a Cattleya plant can be grown on indefinitely and can be flowered year after year. Proper care depends on a few basic factors, each of them influenced by the others. They are: 1) light and shade; 2) temperature; 3) air movement; 4) humidity; 5) watering; 6) potting and potting medium; 7) feeding. The essence of good growing is in achieving a happy balance of all factors in relationship to each plant. This is not too difficult, but it demands knowledge, understanding and careful observation on the part of the grower.
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowers can be harvested when fully open. Cut the stalk just above the bud sheath and below the blooms with a sharp blade.
Divide when plants overflow their containers or remove backbulbs and pot seperately.
America, Central and South America, Costa Rica and the Lesser Antilles south to Argentina.
All colors except true blue and black., Multi coloured
Susceptible to scale insects, red spider mites, aphids and mealy bugs