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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; This is a long story, or better to say a chronicle... I bought the Cattleya ...
This is a long story, or better to say a chronicle...
I bought the Cattleya (Colombian) in May 2010 as a mature size plant. Plant was doing very well till June 2011 when Black Rot killed or damaged many Catts in my collection. The plant was damaged, too, and lost one direction of nice growths. C. dowiana did not recover completely after this stress and developed pseudobulb rot in a while. I had to remove another set of pseudobulbs in August or September 2011, and again in March 2012. After the last “surgery” I was sure that I lost the plant but it did not die. Instead, it developed sheaths in two of three new growths! I spotted them in early May. Unfortunately, the central pseudobulb started to rot very soon after the sheaths appeared. Of course, I was tempted to cut the injured pseudobulb (and almost certainly prevent bloom) but I did not. I decided to give the plant a chance to bloom and it did!
you can see well the affected pseudobulb.
Cattleya dowiana is fantastic and always on my wish list, though it have never made the cut ...
You have a true gem there and I hope you will get rid of that rot and anxiety to lose the plant!
Yesterday, July 1st
I forgot to say that the largest (3rd) flower is 5,5" in diameter. Flowers are very fragrant all day long.
Beautiful lip, I love it. Good luck to keeping the plant alive
Wow! Great job, Natalie!
Wow that is cool, love the progression pics. Thanks.
Gorgeous !! What do you plan to do with it now? If possible try and get Potassium phosphite (not Phosphate) It is a systemic fungicide and a good source of both potassium and phosphorus. It is well known to combat black rots in other plants but I have never seen it being used for orchids.