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This is a discussion on Rlc. Pratum Green (C. Hausermann's Gala x Rlc. Hausermann's Jade) within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Hi Bruce - I just now ran across your example of the Boonserm Pratum Green ...
Hi Bruce - I just now ran across your example of the Boonserm Pratum Green - so far my only catt. Its one and only likely bloom this time around has just gasped its last breath and I have to let it go, sadly. I have been told that my catt is a young plant, and I see that you have had yours 6 or 7 years longer - and that yours bloomed around New Year's. Questions: 1) can you tell if, and when (and how), another bloom might spike? 2) Is early summer an odd time for mine to bloom, or can they flower more than once a year?, and 3) Once it's finished blooming, do you change your caring routine for it, and how?
No urgency - just my insatiable curiosity -
Beautiful, beautiful blooms!
2. Ours seems to bloom in December when it is colder out. We are not that far from you in relative distance, so I would suspect that yours would bloom in the 'cooler' months. (Most of our cattleyas seem to bloom when everything outside of the greenhouse is dead and frozen and gray. That is probably why I love cattleyas so much! )
3. Blooming doesn't change our care for our cattleya orchids. The only thing that would change is how I water and spray for pests. When a cattleya is in puffy bud through full bloom, I do my best to only water the medium and avoid the bloom. Sometimes this is just not possible and the flower gets wet. When that happens, I usually shake as much water off of the bloom and take a photo because in a few days, the bloom will develop tiny black dots and fade pretty fast. (This is not every time and not every cattleya. Some of the blooms don't mind getting wet at all as long as they dry off fairly quickly.) Spraying is another thing. Anytime I get the pest spray on the bloom, it is pretty much toast. SO, to answer your question - no change to the care (still feed and water per the season. Cattleya orchids get much less water and food in the cooler months and lots more in the warmer months when they are actively growing.)