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Cattleya Aloha Case

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    Default Cattleya Aloha Case

    This is pretty and has that great walkeriana fragrance but I'm a little disappointed in it. First of all the spikes are not strong enough to hold up the flowers so they need to be staked. Second, like walkeriana, the flower spikes are shaped like little cups and catch water. So the buds have a tendancy to rot. I lost two flower spikes with two buds each on this one this year.
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    Keeping the negative things apart, they are very beautiful, the color combination and the nice yellow contrasting spot on the lip is very eye catching.

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    Regardless, it is a beautiful orchid plant with exceptional blooms.

    cheers,
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    I like them, they are nice

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    Many growers year after year often have that particular fondness for one or so plant that they cant quite appreciate the full magic they think its capable of due to a recurring cultivating problem or hinderance. Not long since i recognised member Paphs frustration with a zelenkoa inflorescence - same concept. Its neither here nor there, a rather macabre experience.

    Great plant though jeff, such equal proportion, neat and compact. Pretty face with dash of lippy. Many of us fail with Catts fullstop so take some credit.

    I wonder with its spike/ stalk conflict if it (apart from genetic faults?) would benefit a diff growing approach, mounted perhaps so that the blooms can be admired from another perspective as they hang more?????????Of course its a big 'IF' for the performance that would be involved, easier to tend to its current learning curves.

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    Pity about those flaws. Lovely shape to the flowers.

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    I agree about mounting...it may help keep water out of the leaves. It's such a lovely flower...it's too bad the stems aren't better. Have you considered trying to add in another fertilizer for the micronutrients?? Again it's lovely...best of luck.

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    Maybe incorporate Seaweed extract in a rotational fertlizer program. Has had a long great widely reknowned reputation as a fertilzer with benefits of additional properties that others lack. Is it possible it lacked sufficient nitrogen at a key point in grow period, the key being a close approx point where it would substantially benefit well. Pottasium and phosphorus (either or both) have key optimum time usage to harden bulbs like in cym culture. Just a thought!

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    Beautiful, Jeff.

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