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Big Cattleya Types

This is a discussion on Big Cattleya Types within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hi all, things are going quite fine so far. I have also downsized my orchid ...

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    Arrow Big Cattleya Types

    Hi all, things are going quite fine so far. I have also downsized my orchid collection. Recently, I lost a bunch of orchids due to factors out of my hand. And learnt bits and bobs about the situation.

    It is always good to fill gaps! And I am now looking for BIG cattleyas to fill in. I don't know a fat lot about them, on the other hand I want some advice. I am looking for Cattleya Aurea "kinds" with big lips and also fragrant but not particularly white. I'd be happy with some colours thrown in. If you guys could help me out with that, I'd be very grateful.

    Please keep posted and thanks in advance,
    ~Gurjeet

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    Hi!! Be careful what you wish for big Catts are just that - BIG - they are space hogs.
    There are so many crosses with dowiana in the background so you won't have to look far.

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    I'd like to give it a go Cathy, thanks for the warning unfortunately there are not may available in flowering size and the market in the EU is a bit down for these. I'm happy to receive messages if someone knows any EU sellers with good quality orchids.

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    Over the last few years growers have moved away from the large cattleyas and concentrated on mini-catts that have a larger market because more people have the room to grow them. You may have some difficulty with large catts because of the shorter growing season in England. I started out with large cattleyas and I still grow as many as I have room for. You may have different hybrids available in England than we have in the US so I hesitate to list a bunch of names. One you might want to try to locate is Rlc. Memoria Crispin Rosales. There are many clonal names and most are good. It has 63 awards. I like the fact that it grows straight up and the pseudobulbs are close together. It has a fragrance but not very strong.

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    Ditto to the advice up ^^^

    Like Cathy mentioned, crosses with C. dowiana- Goldenzelle is a good one.

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    The place to get your big orchids from in the UK is Chantelle Orchids in the Midlands. Just Google her she is s very good to deal with----but not too cheap!!

    Ed

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