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Cattleya Orchid

cattleya orchid

In this article, we will tell you how to care for the Cattleya orchid.

The Cattleya has gained fame as the queen among orchids. This species was discovered in the northern part of Brazil. It then came to the English collector William Cattleya, after whom it was named. In 1818, one of the plants in Cattley’s greenhouse bloomed, striking everyone with its unprecedented beauty and unusual flower shape.

According to some sources, there are more than 180 species of the genus Cattleya in nature.

Cattleya in the wild

Cattleya are found in the rainforests of Central and South America, and there are especially many growing in the Amazon River Delta. Like most tropical orchids, Cattleya orchids are epiphytes, meaning they grow not on the ground but on tree trunks and branches. This unusual way of existence allows the little plant to rise closer to the sunlight in the dense vegetation of the rainforest.

Care at home

Substrate

Substrate for Cattleya can consist of one or more components – pieces of pine bark or oak bark, coconut fiber, roots of osmunda fern, pieces of Styrofoam, sphagnum moss, vermiculite and charcoal. When you buy an orchid, it is best to leave it in the pot it is in. Repotting will only be necessary when that pot becomes cramped for it. 

Watering

Orchids are watered with slightly warm water under a faucet or shower, the second option is to immerse the pot in a container of water for a few minutes. The latter method is the most optimal. The pot is immersed in water, carefully holding the surface of the substrate with your hands, so that its individual pieces do not float up. For 3-5 minutes the entire volume of the substrate will be well soaked, and the roots will be saturated with moisture and become light green. The water temperature for watering should be about 71,6-75,2°F.

Do not allow water to get on the flowers – they deteriorate and wither quickly because of this. On the new sprouts also can not pour water. If water does get, gently blot them with a paper napkin.

During active growth and flowering, water the Cattleya after 2-3 days after the substrate from the previous watering has dried completely. During the resting period the plant should be watered in 7-12 days after drying of the substrate, depending on the time of year, temperature and lighting: in the warm season at high temperature and bright light, watering is required more often.

Feeding

During the growth of the Cattleya is fertilized 1-2 times a month with special fertilizers for orchids. You can also use the usual complex fertilizers without calcium. Before making the fertilizer diluted according to the instructions, the plant must be watered, so as not to burn the roots.

Air humidity

Orchids feel very well when the air humidity is high. To increase the humidity around the plant, place the pot with the orchid on a deep tray filled with fine expanded clay or pebbles. Pour water into the tray about 0.5 cm below the top layer of pebbles so that the pot is standing on dry expanded clay, not in a puddle of water. Top up the water in the tray as it dries out.

Lighting

Sunshine and bright light are essential for Cattleya orchid to bloom. Choose a spot for the Cattleya on the sunniest windowsill. Under the bright and hot summer sun, the pot with the substrate dries out quickly, and moisture evaporates quickly from the surface of the plant. Therefore, under such conditions, the Cattleya needs frequent, sometimes even daily watering.

In winter the Cattleya need artificial extra light with a daylight lamp or a special phytolamp. The lamp is placed 30-40 cm above the orchid and turned on every morning for 8-10 hours.

Summer temperature differences

For summer stimulation of flowering, the difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures should be about 44,6°F. When keeping Cattleya on a balcony, the temperature difference is achieved naturally. If there is no possibility to put the plant on a balcony, heating in direct sunlight during the day and cooling at an open window at night will give the necessary temperature difference when kept on a window sill.

Winter maintenance

During the winter dormancy period, Cattleya should be kept cold with infrequent watering. Place the plant as close to the window as possible – this will provide the necessary cooling. Make sure the Cattleya is not above a radiator, otherwise the plant will suffer from heat and dry air. Remove the orchids from the window sill during winter ventilation.

The roots of the cattleya are very delicate and delicate, so frequent repotting can cause irreparable damage to the plant. Even after minor damage to the root shoots, the flower will take a long time to recover and bloom poorly. Serious damage to the roots often causes the death of the plant. Experienced florists recommend transplanting a cattleya orchid no more often than once every three years.

Transplanting

Transplanting a Cattleya should be done in such cases:

  • The root shoots of the plant have begun to rot.
  • Leaves turn yellow and fall off.
  • The pot is too tight for further development of the flower.
  • The plant is infested with parasites, the process of combating which involves transplanting to a new pot.

It is recommended to transplant the Cattleya orchid by the method of transplanting. In the process of transplanting, it is necessary to wash the root system of the flower under running water and remove all damaged offshoots. You can speed up the recovery of the roots by treating with a stimulating solution.

The new pot in diameter should be only a few centimeters larger than the previous one. It is necessary to take care of a quality drainage layer, which can consist of expanded clay or clay crocks.

Pruning

It is necessary to regularly remove damaged leaves, as well as root shoots. Even a less experienced florist can easily cope with this. As for the flower stalk, its trimming requires special knowledge and skills, and its features depend largely on the variety of the plant.

To trim the flower stems correctly, wait until the flowers have wilted and then look for the old buds that are not blooming and remove them. It is important not to damage the leaves and the pseudobulb during the pruning process, as this can lead to unpleasant consequences.

Now you are familiar with Cattleya orchid and know how to properly care for it. All you have to do is order a beautiful and unique orchid arrangement from the Viva Orchids of Boca Raton website, and you’ll be in luck! Choose and buy one for yourself or as a gift for a loved one. Believe us, this gift will cause a storm of happy emotions, it says it all for you.

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The Best Thanksgiving Gift

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Whether you’re looking for the best hostess gift or need a way to decorate your Thanksgiving table centerpiece, an orchid arrangement is perfect! This arrangement using fall decor will definitely wow your guests.

Thanksgiving is the most appropriate holiday to bring fall cheer and eco-friendly decorations to your home’s decor. From your dinner table to your front door, it is a tradition at this time of year to use natural decorations that will make your home welcome guests.

The centerpiece on the dinner table doesn’t have to be a turkey. A pumpkin bowl or just a white throat can look festive, too. Today, we’re sharing ways to decorate your home for Thanksgiving with natural elements.

Guests on the doorstep

Instead of buying artificial wreaths, how about using elements found in your backyard? Dried grass, raffia leaves, and pine cones can be used to create one-of-a-kind decorations for your front door. Form them into a wreath, or use them to complement last year’s wreath by adding natural elements.

Decorate your porch

Whether you love pumpkins or pots, whether you prefer dried herb decorations, your front porch can be decorated with nature-friendly elements. Potted plants with orange and brown foliage can add bright colors right next to your front door!

Use fruits and vegetables as decorations

Colorful corn on the cob, acorns along with candle holders will make your holiday table beautiful. You can use a basket or cornucopia and fill it with fruits and vegetables, which will be edible and organic.

Use leaves

Leaves can be used along with berries, braid and wire. Use hard leaves, such as Magnolia or Oak, as drink coasters. Allow children to use them to decorate food, decorate them with gel, beads and markers. You can even create ornaments for the coming Christmas with them.

Garland ideas

Use grapevine or other fine tree branches to create garlands. They will look adorable around your front door, around the archway and along the stairs leading to the house. Depending on the height of your front door, the garland can be a simple addition to the decor.

Tree branches

If you live near trees, you can use their sprigs to decorate your mantelpiece to create festively rich flowers in your home. A nest of miniature pumpkins, leaves, berries and straw will allow you to decorate the branches. The natural touches of the environment will bring a touch of nature and holiday flair inside the home that will be hard to resist.

Lighting

Candleholders, soft lighting inside and out will perfectly complement the holiday decorations of the house. To create small lanterns, take paper bags filled with enough sand to cover the bottom of the bag. Use traditional tea candle holders to place them inside and light them when it’s dark. Lanterns are used in many cultures as a symbol of the beginning of the holiday season.

Handmade

You can use leaves, rocks, and pine needles you find while hiking to create handmade ornaments. Just imagine how much joy this will bring to your children!

Guest cards

To decorate each guest’s seat, use special guest cards that you can hand-sign with acorn or walnut ornaments, and use an original dinner plate for each guest. For a more formal dinner, you can write the menus and dishes for the dinner, placing them next to each set of place settings.

Fresh flowers

Regardless of the time of year, flowers are already a true treat in themselves. Use rich reds, oranges and yellows to add a festive tone to your home. You can use apples, pumpkins, and other festive fruits to create original decorations that your guests are sure to love.

Your home decorated for Thanksgiving can combine natural decorations and holiday decorations at the same time. Take a walk around your home, visit your nearest grocery store. Your imagination is up to you.

To order a Thanksgiving gift from us, just call us at 561-507-0073 or order any arrangement you like on our website (on your request we can change the design and add holiday decorations to the arrangement). Such an arrangement will become the main decoration in your home and, of course, will be an incredibly pleasant and the best gift for your loved ones on Thanksgiving.

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Why Doesn’t the Orchid Bloom and How to Get It to Release the Flower Stalk?

Why Doesn’t the Orchid Bloom

Very often it happens that your beautiful orchid has beautiful, leathery leaves and good roots, but you can’t wait to see it bloom. This is due to the vitality of such an “organ” of the plant as the flower stalk.

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Mini Orchids: Home Care

mini orchids

Mini orchids will be a beautiful decoration in any home, especially if the apartment does not have too much space for flowers. Buying such a beautiful plant, you need to know that it will require special care.

In their appearance, they resemble the usual phalaenopsis, only lower. Their main feature is considered small flowers, which can create entire inflorescences, or can be located on a normal stem alone. In fact, this plant often looks like a smaller copy of a large orchid.

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How to Water a Phalaenopsis Orchid?

How to Water

Phalaenopsis orchids are especially loved by florists, and they are admired for their delicate flowers that look like tropical colorful butterflies. However, sometimes we have to hear opinions that such orchids are too capricious and it is difficult to grow them. Indeed, there are peculiarities in care – you need to know them. And following these rules is actually not so difficult. One of the main points is watering.

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Phalaenopsis Orchid

phalaenopsis orchid

Phalaenopsis is the most popular variety of orchids grown at home. The flower has long won the love of florists around the world for its beautiful, unusual flowers and ease of care. The Phalaenopsis orchid has been known to science for over 250 years. As an indoor flower it has been cultivated since the 19th century.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Popular Orchid Species

Popular Orchid Species

Orchids are amazing plants that many people have only dreamed of buying recently. Now these flowers have become more affordable, but when buying them, you need to remember that each of the orchid species should have its own approach.

Phalaenopsis – capable of re-blooming

Phalaenopsis is considered the most unpretentious of all orchids grown in indoor floriculture.

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Order the Beauty. Orchid arrangements from Viva Orchids of Boca Raton

Orchid arrangements from Viva Orchids

One of the top-rated flower shops by the beach is in Boca Raton, FL – the name is Viva Orchids. We are taking lead by serving family homes and business offices creating the most beautiful and sought-after orchid arrangements. We work with highest quality orchids only. Our florists are dedicated to composing the most elegant and long-lasting orchid arrangements from the freshest orchid plants available on the market today.

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The Best Mother’s Day Gift

The Best Mother’s Day Gift

The orchid is the most exquisite flower possible. Therefore, it is the orchid that is best suited as the perfect floral present for such a wonderful holiday as Mother’s Day. After all, Mom is the dearest and closest person to each of us. That’s why mom deserves only the best – luxurious orchids from Viva Orchids in Boca Raton, which will give unforgettable emotions, fill the house with beauty and amazing fragrance. Our orchid arrangements will be the perfect gift for Mother’s Day.

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Orchids for Mother’s Day

Orchids for Mother’s Day

Without a doubt, Mother’s Day is one of the most important holidays, because every person since childhood carries in his soul the only bright image of his mother. After all, she is the closest and dearest person to any of us. She will always understand, listen, forgive, pity, tell, help, and selflessly love regardless of any circumstances.

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Orchid Arrangements In the Interior

Orchid Arrangements In the Interior

Beautiful orchid arrangements are not enough to create, it is important to “correctly” place them. Orchids will look harmoniously in the following rooms.

Living room

Designers advise to place a beautiful orchid arrangements in the “heart” of the house, namely – in the main room, where the whole family and guests gather. The dining table, nightstand or coffee table will do. However, you should not put this unique plant in a dark place. If there is no local light, and the general is included infrequently, the flower will be sick with a high probability. But if the table is not too far away from the south window, you can consider this option.

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