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Cattleya Orchid

Cattleya spp.

Also known as


Cattleya warneri by Dalton Holland Baptista (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

    This plant has no fragrance

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    Cattleya Orchid Overview

    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.

    Common problems with Cattleya Orchid

    Susceptible to scale insects, red spider mites, aphids and mealy bugs

    How to harvest Cattleya Orchid

    Flowers can be harvested when fully open. Cut the stalk just above the bud sheath and below the blooms with a sharp blade.

    How to propagate Cattleya Orchid


    Divide when plants overflow their containers or remove backbulbs and pot seperately.

    Special features of Cattleya Orchid

    Indoor plant

    Place plants in positions of high light, but no direct sunlight, they will tolerate a great deal more light if accompanied by sufficient humidity and air movement to keep the leaf-temperature down.

    Pot plant

    Potting medium must be light and drain freely, best to use specialized orchid mix, water freely in summer and more sparingly in winter.

    Attractive flowers

    Flower colours range in many colours except true blue and black.

    Other uses of Cattleya Orchid

    Grown for their beautiful and unusual flowers.


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