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Cattleya's Vs. Phals

This is a discussion on Cattleya's Vs. Phals within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have 2 phals. I wanted to get a cattleya but was wondering if they ...

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    I have 2 phals. I wanted to get a cattleya but was wondering if they are harder to care for? who can give me any tips...appreciate it.

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    Cattleyas need much more light and have pseudobulbs that hold water. See the care instructions here on our website: Orchid Care | River Valley Orchidworks

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    I find cattleyas easier to grow than phals., but I'm in south Florida where cattleyas thrive. They are very different. Phals like to be moist while cattleyas prefer to dry completely. Phals thrive in low light, cattleyas need bright light. Phals are grown in medium that retains water, cattleyas grow better in fast drying medium. Phals bloom for several months while cattleyas usually only bloom for a few weeks.

    Some of the new mini-catts and compact cattleyas are a good choice for new growers. They tend to require a little less light and some of them bloom more than once a year. Good luck.

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    Good advice from both Bruce and Jeff. Where I live, it's easier to grow and bloom cattelyas.

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    They're both easy. But Cattleyas win. Phals. like to be pampered, Catts. like to be left alone.

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    Very good advice from Jeff and Bruce.

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    I've had sucess and failures with both.
    Try one and learn from it

    IMO I enjoy growing phals more, they are well suited in my low light growing area, and 'enjoy' my care

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