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"Confused" Cattleya in bloom

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    Default "Confused" Cattleya in bloom

    This is it's second blooming about six months after the first. It still has some minor deformities (though less than before) but the colours are so gorgeous and it has a lovely scent. It actually produced 3 flowers but the third flower bud was damaged by the heat, I think, so I cut it off...

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    That is wonderful coloring!

    Which did you cut off? The heat or the 3rd failed bud?

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    Lovely pastel colors.

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    Very sweet.

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    Lovely... congrats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78Terp View Post
    That is wonderful coloring!

    Which did you cut off? The heat or the 3rd failed bud?
    I wish I could cut off the heat here in HK but sadly that's beyond my control! I did move it to a cooler/shadier location though. So it was the bud that I cut off.... it was pressed against the leaf and I think perhaps it didn't get much airflow around it or something? The buds seem to exude a sticky liquid of some sort as they develop and being against the leaf, this seemed to cause it stick to the leaf as the liquid dried.

    It seems to be quite a sensitive plant as all the other species of orchid flowers I've had (with very similar growing conditions) haven't produced such deformities. Also, you will notice that even these 2 flowers are quite different - the flower on the right is not as brightly coloured as the one on the left (it's not just the lighting in the photo) and the lip is also non-symmetrical and a different shape.

    More experimentation to be done obviously!

    Thanks for all the comments!

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    Did the flowers open at the same time or were there days/a week between openings? That time could account for the color differences.

    But still a very pretty catt. I don't buy catts any longer (somehow they fell down the list of favorite orchids once I saw the range of orchids that exist), but I would buy this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78Terp View Post
    Did the flowers open at the same time or were there days/a week between openings? That time could account for the color differences.

    But still a very pretty catt. I don't buy catts any longer (somehow they fell down the list of favorite orchids once I saw the range of orchids that exist), but I would buy this one.
    The flowers opened pretty much at the same time... It is very pretty and hopefully one day I'll figure out how to flower it without the deformities!

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    Very nice color on this cattleya. Do you know the name of this one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dshawn View Post
    Very nice color on this cattleya. Do you know the name of this one?
    So far no one has been able to ID this sadly.... there was a discussion on it in the first post I made on it (see link in the first part of this post).

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