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Catcyclia (Epicattleya) Lemon Delight

This is a discussion on Catcyclia (Epicattleya) Lemon Delight within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Hi folks - I've been back home in Atlanta, just taking it a day at ...

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    Default Catcyclia (Epicattleya) Lemon Delight

    Hi folks -

    I've been back home in Atlanta, just taking it a day at a time here.

    This one of my FL orchids that (I think) survived the trip home.

    The RHS now calls this a "Cattcyclia", but it's really an oldish primary cross of Cattleya intermedia and Encyclia tampensis. It has, at the moment, two blooms and one bud, but an enormous number of new growths and quite a few sheaths that I hope will develop soon. It's in a hanging basket where the roots just go everywhere. I don't know if I should put it in a larger basket after it blooms - but it sems so happy as is that I probably should leave well enough alone.


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    very pretty. By the name, I expected something more yellow

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    Very pretty! It looks like a happy orchid. What's it growing in? It looks like sea shells and coconut husk chips. That would be a tropical mix for sure.

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    lovely and survived the trip very well - a keeper - martha

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    Very pretty...another Encyclia to watch for.

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    Nice soft colors Maura. Its actually .....Catyclia......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    very pretty. By the name, I expected something more yellow
    Me too - It's very definitely greenish with a purplish tinge. I'm watching as the bloom matures to see if it turns yellow - it quite possibly could.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy View Post
    Nice soft colors Maura. Its actually .....Catyclia......
    You're absolutely right, Roy - and I think that's an even MORE awkward name than "Catcyclia". Epicattleya is SO much more pronounceable - but I guess the argument is that the pollen parent is the Catt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tucker85 View Post
    Very pretty! It looks like a happy orchid. What's it growing in? It looks like sea shells and coconut husk chips. That would be a tropical mix for sure.
    It's a very happy orchid, and I'm a nearly brain-dead grower: I was describing my species Encyclia tampensis, which really is in a hanging basket. My Catyclia Lemon Delight, on the other hand, was jammed into a 3" pot and kept falling over, so I eased it out of that (after soaking it thoroughly so that the roots, etc., would be pliable) and dropped it into a 4" pot. I am experimenting with crushed seashells as partial medium/fertilizer. Since the beach at Marco is covered in crushed shells, I thought I might take advantage of natural resources. So, I gathered about 1/2 gallon of crushed shells, rinsed off all the sand and other stuff, crushed it more with a hammer, and boiled it to kingdom come. Then I strained it, rinsed it again with cold water, let it cool off, and have used it mixed in with bark and volcano rock medium for the 3 or 4 plants I had to repot - and used it as a top dressing for the others. In a moment of wild imagination, I also rinsed and boiled some whole shells and have dropped them in various places around the plants to help open up some air flow.

    So... this might be a really bad move on my part, but Thomas Edison blew most of his experiments, too.

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    Looks very happy where it is! It is lovely Maura! Did all of them arrive in good shape?

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