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This is a discussion on Cattleya dowiana within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by sand_tiger86 These are absolutely beautiful! I've wanted a downiana for some time, ...
Dowiana is not such a difficult Cattleya to grow, just keep in mind that they don't like stresses and dividing. I also heard that their flowers last about a week but I cannot say for sure yet. I cut flowers of my first C. dowiana after 4 days of blooming. Let's see how long these flowers will last.
By the way, flowers of C. mossiae last up to three weeks.
I don't know how I missed this thread to begin with, but I am salivating all over my freshly washed shirt!
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again another awesome display....the Costa Rica origin dowiana petals are very nice yet the lip isnt as appealing to me compared to the Colombian version.......do you notice a difference in growing conditions or habit? ...thanks for sharing
You know, I also prefer Colombian version of lip (Of course I love them both but if I had to keep only one I would choose the Colombian lip)
It is difficult to compare both plants because the Colombian version was struggling for life since last summer. I'd say the second one was easier to grow. It is more stress-resistant.
The lip is something o swoon over- your patience repaid.
I don't have any useful contribution to make about the rot,
don't even know if it is bacterial or fungal; but either way it has to be an infection being transmitted s0mehow in the compost ?
On one occasion when I was losing plants from a different rot , which turned bulbs into bags of water, I had some of the remains analysed by a National Lab, and after being given the names of the agents (pthisis etc ) I asked how to get rid of them, and wasa told that they are everywhere, and elimination was impossible. When I pressed further I was told that my culture was at fault, and that healthy plants have an immune system, and resist rots etc . Less well grown plants have an impaired immune system and don't . On that occasion I found eventually that my meter was faulty and I was grossly over-feeding, and a new meter but more important, regular calibration using known test media solved my problems.
Thank you Geoff ! very informative post (as usual!)
I have not potted divisions of first dowiana yet but will do it very soon.
How they look today:
I hope I can save this beauty. I really like that Colombian clone.
awww look at the little roots they like you..haha