How many species of cattleya are there?

60 species
There are somewhere in the range of 60 species of cattleya that are native to Central and South America. The number of hybrids and intergeneric hybrids (crosses with more than one genus) are too many to count. Cattleyas fall into two main groups: unifoliates (single leaf) and bifoliates (double leaf).

What is the difference between cattleya and phalaenopsis?

Cattleyas respond to photoperiod (changing day/night length), hence many bloom once a year while many hybrids may bloom about any time of the year whenever they mature new lead. Phalaenopsis respond to slight drop in temperature as a que to bloom, but will not like it too cool.

What is a Bifoliate cattleya?

The bifoliate cattleya species are an odd sort and have a reputation for being difficult and finicky to grow and maintain. The species range in size from cute pygmy-sized plants like the 4 inch tall C. nobilior and C. aclandiae up to the gargantuan size of C. amethystoglossa and C.

What is lavender cattleya?

Cattleya Orchid come in a range of colours from white and pink to green and purple, depending on the parentage and genera. Some flower twice yearly. The fragrance of this variety is a bit spicy. Lavender blooms add a beautiful appearance. …

What colors do cattleya orchids come in?

Cattleya Orchid – Cattleya spp.

  • Common Name: Cattleya Orchid.
  • Botanical Name: Cattleya spp., KAT-lee-a.
  • Decorative Life: 4-5 days as corsage.
  • Flower Color: Orange, Purple, White, Yellow.
  • Availability: Year Round.

Is Cattleya easy to grow?

Most Cattleyas and their relatives are easy to grow. With reasonable care, they can be grown anywhere in the world.

How do you identify a cattleya orchid?

Cattleya are generally large (up to 8 inches across), have ruffled edges, and are fragrant. They have thin pseudobulbs and hard, waxy leaves. They usually have large lips with a contrasting color in the center under the column.

When should I repot Bifoliate Cattleya?

I find it easiest to wait on re-potting ALL Cattleyas until roots are actively growing on new growths, best time is when roots are just emerging. Pot carefully so the new roots are not damaged. For all Cattleyas, use a coarse, chunky potting medium that drains very rapidly, such as coarse orchid bark.

Where is the cattleya orchid flower from?

tropical America
Cattleyas are native to tropical America and are widely grown in greenhouses and other bright humid indoor environments. Cattleya labiata, one of the most commonly cultivated species, has been crossed with numerous other orchid genera to produce thousands of showy hybrids. The flowers are commonly used in corsages.

Can Cattleya grow without soil?

Some interesting information about Cattleya is their native habit as ephiphytes, or tree growing plants. They can cling to a tree crotch or rocky crevasse and need little soil.

What is the best medium for Cattleya?

Potting. Medium grade fir bark is one of the best potting mediums that can be used for Cattleyas. In general, repotting should be done every 2 years in the spring. Repotting becomes necessary when the plant has outgrown its pot and the new growth reaches out over the edge, or when the potting medium has broken down.