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Catt. gaskelliana

This is a discussion on Catt. gaskelliana within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This was one of the species orchids that I bought two years ago as an ...

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    Default Catt. gaskelliana

    This was one of the species orchids that I bought two years ago as an NBS plant, that was really a near-NBS plant. It's grown quite happily, but hey...you just don't know if you've done it right until it puts up that first flower. Well, it did! My Laelia purpurata (purchased at the same time), put out a sheath at about the same time as this one, but I don't think it's going to flower. I figure it wants to be a bit bigger and stronger for those big blooms.

    Anyway, the gaskelliana species is found in Columbia and Venezuela. My flowers are 6", very pale lavender (this color is pretty accurate), and they have a lovely scent, but you have to get your nose close to smell it. (Not candy-sweet like the C. Mildred Rives.)

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    wonderful! love those unifoliate species!

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    Wow! Those petals look like pink angel wings!

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    That is gorgeous! One of my favorite catt species. Julie, great job in growing and blooming the plant, I have to say!
    Cheers. Hoa.

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    Julie,

    I have one of these as well just nicely filling a 4" pot. Yours is BEAUTIFUL!

    Would you mind posting a picture of the whole plant so I can see how big mine will have to get before blooming? Thanks!

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    Thanks, all! There is quite a bit of variety in this species and I'm delighted with the blooms I got.

    Clint, I bought this two years ago and it was a wee little mite (two, maybe three smallish pseudobulbs, one leafless.) It's put up a new pseudobulb every spring and fall since (one actually had two leaves). In this picture it looks like a larger plant than I think of, because this spring it's put out two PB's for the first time. The second one didn't produce a sheath, but I won't get greedy!

    I love the clear pots for my catts - they really help me guage the moisture in the pot.

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    So I have two big, floofy catts in bloom at the same time (the only two I own, in fact)...thoughts inevitably turn to sex. No one has registered a cross between Lc. Mildred Rives and C. gaskelliana.

    Mildred (as pod parent) has been crossed with C. lueddmanniana to produce Lc. Orglade's Paradise. Lueddmanniana, to my eye, seems very similar to gaskelliana, so I'd expect a similar result. (A white semi-alba with a very dark purple lip.) I'd actually be more curious to see the reverse crossing.

    So my question is, should I do my Mary Shelley routine, and if so, what's the process? Is my gaskelliana too young to knock up? I feel like I'm asking a 12-year-old to carry a child... What kind of stress does seed pod production put on a plant?

    I'd probably cross them both and then look to ATester for flasking services! Then we can raise all the little seedlings I wouldn't have room for, in the Dartmouth greenhouse. When old enough, I could send them to all my forum buddies. Start sucking up!

    Anyway, those are my dirty thougths this morning...

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    Thanks, Julie!

    There is hope for mine blooming this year after all! Very nice! (This is my favorite Cattleya species.)

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    Excellent blooms.
    Fragrance as well.

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    great job ! Very nice flowers and colours

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