Cattleya loddigesii cv 'Splendens'

Cattleya loddigesii cv 'Splendens'

Cattleya loddigesii cv 'Splendens' is an epiphytic orchid of hybrid origins. It has cylindrical pseudobulbs up to 12 inches (30 cm) long. The bifoliate leaves are elliptic-oblong, up to 5 inches (12.7 cm) long by 2 inches (5 cm) wide. It is a fairly easy orchid to grow.

Blooming: Late summer to early fall in the greenhouse. The plant's blooms occur on 2- to 5-flowered racemes. Individual flowers are up to 4 inches (10 cm) across. The petals and sepals are purplish-rose colored, with a white lip inside, and pale lilac outside, and the disc and lateral lobes are yellow. Flowers are mildly fragrant and very showy.

Culture: Cattleya loddigesii cv 'Splendens' need full sun to light shade. We grow plants in a well-drained compost using warm to intermediate temperatures. In the greenhouse, we use a compost consisting of Osmunda or tree fern fiber, with Sphagnum moss and small bark chips added. We grow them in 25% shade all year long. During the growing season, which commences in spring, they require a lot of water and should never be allowed to dry thoroughly out. Water should not be allowed to stagnate. Plants are fertilized weekly with an orchid special fertilizer diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label. After flowering and during the winter months water is restricted to once every 3-4 weeks until the growing season starts again. Temperatures should never drop below 60° F (15°C) during the winter.

Propagation: Cattleya loddigesii cv 'Splendens' is propagated by division of pseudobulbs in spring.

Cattleya loddigesii cv 'Splendens' was featured as Plant of the Week September 16-22, 2005.

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