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This is a discussion on L Femme Fatal within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Last year I did not have any Catt related orchid bloom. I think it was ...
Last year I did not have any Catt related orchid bloom. I think it was primarily because they were not getting enough light. This one grows in a greenhouse which gets plenty of sun even some during the middle of the day. It is summer now and I am cautious that mid day sun will be too much. I am trying to walk that fine line.
Beautiful! I'd like to see if I can find one but its not coming up on any searches??
Okay, got it but not quite the same as yours. Like the one you have more.
Last edited by Chris in Hamilton; June 10th, 2016 at 05:21 PM.
That is just lovely! I only have 1 cattleya. I've had it for about 4 years and it's never bloomed for me . I have moved it to make sure it gets more light and it had produced a couple of new rhizomes. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Enjoy your beautiful flowers!
Sheryl in regards to your 4 year old plant, I had one that was growing many growths but never bloomed. It was not until this year that when I gave it LOTs of light to the point that I felt it might be too much, it surprised me with many many blooms. Here what it looked like. Before this year, the plant would produce sheaths but would never bloom. I posted often trying to figure out what was wrong.
That is gorgeous! I may need to find a place with even more hours on sunlight.
It seems to like the extra sunlight so I would leave it where it is.
As far as your greenhouse, what % sun blockage do you have? There are a lot of nurseries here in Florida that have their greenhouses right out in the open that get full sunlight all day long, most of them use 60% shade cloth, some use 50%. I know that some use 70% more so for lower light orchids, and they don't have an issue. If you have 60% you should be fine, you should check local orchid nurseries in your area and ask them what they use.
Gorgeous flowers both in color and form. I love Cattleya (Laelia) tenebrosa and the lip in this hybrid shows the tenebrosa influence.