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This is a discussion on Cattleya family in full bloom with PERFUME within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; The white one I was told was a species Catt, bought locally last fall in ...
The white one I was told was a species Catt, bought locally last fall in a pot and transferred to fir bark last spring. The coloured one is Eplc. Rainbow Sherbet, which I bought 3 weeks ago as a non-blooming sprig for $3...it surprised me (and I'm sure the breeder too)!! Both are heavily and beautifully fragrant, a "must" for any catt or onc in my space. I forgive the phals for no perfume because of their beauty, but oncs and catts are not very attractive out of bloom...
Both are very beautiful!!
Such lovely flowers AND grow area!! All of my Catts want to move in (and me with them) :-)!
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Both are lovely.
Both are very nice.
Well, the grow area does help...lol...like living in a resort, and a real respite from snowy Europe. I have about 50 orchids, all on trays so I can move them about. Most of the year they live outside under the palm trees inside a screened lanai. The screening protects them from the hottest summer sun (90F/30C) and the palm trees protect from the daily drenching rain.
But most people don't recognize how cold it can be in the Tropical South many winters. This morning I had them under the covered lanai, because our morning temp was 40F/4C!! Our highs when the Jet Stream dips to the south can be in the low 60s (16C), with a stiff wind. On nights below 40F, I actually move all of them inside the house...a real chore but necessary because this time of year the catts are blooming and the 30 phals are all in spike. Now if I could just manage it without breaking off the tips of the spikes...grrrrrrrrrrr.