This lovely Cattelya has blooming two times this year and three times in total since I bought it since last two years from seedling. She produce four buds from two bulbs, but unfortunately, one bud dropped after attacked by bug. So just three buds can success till full blooms. Since I a bit late shoots the picture, one flower is a bit over blooms, that why only two flowers I focus here.
There are many different naturally form and varieties on this cattelya, such as with pink, magenta/purple color on the lip or sepal or petal, eg. suave, tipo, orlata, rubra, marginata and many more.
Since this Cattelya is crossing between variety aquinii 'A' and marginata vera, she have both characteristic. I have never had such abundant results on this Cattelya before, since I plant her two years ago. She have deeper magenta/purple on the front lope and the lip and edges of the lateral lope and magenta/purple splash at sepal.
|Cattelya intermedia aquinii 'A'|
|Cattelya intermedia 'marginata vera'|
|Cattelya intermedia (aquinii 'A' x marginata vera)|
Cattleya intermedia is a bifoliate, intermediate to warm growing epiphyte from the Atlantic coastal forests of South America. She grows around the sea level. It is a very easy to grow here in Malaysia and free flowering. Previously I have only 'suave' variety and this variety is more easy to take care and flowering. This crossing also have same as my previous Cattelya intermedia.
The plant I bought last two years ago had pseudobulbs measuring about 4cm tall, and since it is too small, I figured it takes more than two years to be matured and flowering. But it takes less than that and just about one year.The first flower is not so big, but consider nice to me as I publish here. Well, this lovely Cattelya has grow larger and larger now and the blooming bulb is measuring around ~ 18 cm tall now...maybe can grow more bigger after this. Currently she still have another two bulb with buds, hope it just fine until full bloom.
I grow it potted in a pot with charcoal and exposed to light with 50% shades, and watering just one time a day. I give fertilizer once a week and alternate with fungicide and pesticide .
Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844
Labels: Cattleya and Allied Hybrid