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Cattleya Maxima 1 & 2

This is a discussion on Cattleya Maxima 1 & 2 within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I cannot believe these plants. They are like weeds...this is the first Cattleya (let alone ...

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    I cannot believe these plants. They are like weeds...this is the first Cattleya (let alone species) that not only lived for me but blooms like crazy. The one in the pot has the most buds, but there are several sheaths on the one in the basket that are waiting their turns. I think I need to change my rvo picture to the maxima. It might take awhile to choose a picture though...these little flowers are just too photogenic!

    First; the two largest divisions in bloom together this time.

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    When the buds develop they are white, and as they open their color begins to slowly blush the flower.

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    The last bit of white still touches the labellum and adds an unusual quality; if only briefly. The larger flower has only been open less than 24 hours.

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    From behind the lip reminds me of a bridal train...if not a colorful one.

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    They are beautiful. I love the different stages of color.

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    Connie these are a great picture, the color changes are so fantastic, your plants very healthy.

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    Both are lovely !!

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    Hhhm. If they are that easy to flower, maybe I need one of these!

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    Very nice Connie. How much sun do these plants get each day ? It is great when the plants are in sync blooming wise. It makes for a great show ! Take Care,Rich

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kmac View Post
    Hhhm. If they are that easy to flower, maybe I need one of these!

    Kathi
    I am not very good reblooming catt's...so this must be an easy one. It's either that or the new fertilizer made from seaweed. Or the honey...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rich63 View Post
    Very nice Connie. How much sun do these plants get each day ? It is great when the plants are in sync blooming wise. It makes for a great show ! Take Care,Rich
    I don't have a light meter so I cannot say for certain. There is a great deal of reflected light out back. The pavers reflect sunlight and I have to be very careful putting phals and certain oncids in anything but the darkest corner. I put a lattice against one pole and hung my vandas on the other side and now both mini vanda types are in spike. One of my encyclia from Puerto Rico is in spike as well. All I can say is the new yard doesn't seem brighter to me, the sunroom was very sunny...but something here has changed. In fact, the sunroom's exposure was Western...very bright. Yet I didn't get the blooms there I am getting here. I'm almost wondering if it's the humidity that is making a difference. If it's not the humidity it has to be the seaweed stuff.

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    Hhhmmm...maybe I should try seaweed too (I am already trying honey. I was going to try vodka, but didn't have any...and tequila just made them smell funny!).

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    Wow, those plants look so happy. Gorgeous blooms.

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