Looking forward to the flowers.
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This is a discussion on Cattleya Portia Maybe - mystery solved - now to cultivate! within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by Michael Saar There are numerous photos on the web showing the vegetative ...
Anyway, it's coming along, I think, considering the number of insect inhabitants, root rot, and just plain exhaustion:
Thanks for the observations -
Looking forward to the flowers.
I went into the garden in search of a Catt. Portia pic for you. The attached is the best I could come up with. The heavy rains following passage of Hurricane Maria yesterday has everything beaten down.
Hope you can still get some idea of what the flower looks like.
I now have some doubts and question about my plant. Since your Post I have looked at pics. of Catt. Portia on the Internet and those that I have seen are quite pale in color compared to mine. Also you and others give it a very long spike. My spikes are 7"-8" and can have from 7-10 flowers. the flowers are about 2 1/2- 3" across.
I have had this plant for a very long time and this is the tag that it came with. When in bloom it is beautiful, but as I have said before , some say it is fragrant, I am not fussy about its smell.
I would like someone (perhaps Yew, if he is familiar with Catt. Portia) to comment on the differences that I have pointed out.
Angela - You are such a sweetheart to do that! I have to run, but I'll send you a longer post later tonight. Whatever your catt is, it's just beautiful!
My 2 cents: Doesn't look like portia. Spike habit looks like it has a big dose of laelia anceps in the parentage, but I may be wrong. Wait until it flowers.
Because this plant is so unruly I have it in a rather large pot in an obscure point just outside the shade house where it gets ample sun. It gets watered when everyone else gets watered and fertilised. IOW I do not give her any special treatment. Because I do not much like the fragrance of this one I don't care to pamper her!!!! But the blooms are beautiful.
Will we see flowers before your vacation????
I imagine it depends on whether the little buggers ever actually bloom - and they are taking their own sweet time. Of course, it also depends on whether my orchid-sitter keeps them going. The spikes are getting taller and taller, with very little headway on the buds - a couple have blasted, but there are 4 potential spikes left. I'll snap a photo and include it for you to evaluate.
By the way, there has been some confusion over whether my most recent catt - Mahina Yahiro 'Ulii' (a Blc., but you'll know if it's changed) - has an AM/AOS or got all the way to an FCC. My Orchidwiz still hasn't come - could you look it up for me? And have you had any more thoughts on how to go about iding the Od. Taylor Barfield mutant with no spots? The original nursery hasn't been reachable.
Last edited by mauraec; September 24th, 2011 at 02:20 PM. Reason: add photo