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Cattleya Orchids

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The Cattleya Orchid

Cattleya are the most common Thai orchid you will find in Thailand, in tourist areas like Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui you will find them at Thai nurseries for around 3 for 100baht, in non tourist areas the prices can be as low as 4 for 100baht.

Cattleya come in a large variety of colors and there are many hybrid versions of this orchid.

Cattleya are a hardy orchid and extremely hard to kill, saying that it is also quite difficult to get them to flower, the most common reason for cattleya deaths is over watering, if the roots aren't allowed to dry then they will rot.

Cattleya like many orchids in Thailand are generally potted in coconut husks.

Six Tips for Growing Cattleya Orchids

Six Tips for Growing Cattleya Orchids

Author: D Swain

Cattleya orchids are one of the most common species grown. They are often referred to as corsage orchids thanks to their big flowers. The flowers can measure up to eight inches and are also fragrant. If you want to grow one of your own, there are a few things you should know beforehand. This article will give you a few tips for growing cattleya orchids.


Maintaining proper humidity levels is extremely important when caring for one of these plants. The relative humidity in your home should fall between 50 and 80 percent. This can easily be done by using a humidity tray. Simply sit the orchid atop a tray of gravel filled with a little water.

Air Circulation

As you just learned, cattleya orchids need relatively high humidity levels. You should know that with this high humidity, it because more important to provide adequate air circulation. This will help prevent the plant from falling victim to a bacterial or fungal disease. Also, cooler temperatures can also increase the risk of one of these diseases when there isn't proper air circulation.


Speaking of temperature, you will also need to provide the right temperature for your plant. It's best to have a higher temperature level during daytime and a lower level at night. During the day keep it between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. At night, it should be between 50 and 60. The maximum temperature you can expose the plant to is 95 degrees without causing damage.


Cattleya orchids are epiphytic, or air plants. This means that they have organs that store water called pseudobulbs. These plants also have large roots covered with velamen which help retain water. With this in mind, you should let the plant dry out almost completely before you give it more water. However, you will need to provide a bit more water while the orchid is in active growth.


Light is the single-most important factor when growing cattleya orchids. They light at least a half day of bright light. Make sure you don't allow direct sun during the middle of the day. You can tell if the plant is receiving the right amount of light if the leaves have a medium-green color.


You should give these plants fertilizer on a regular basis. If you have it potted in fir bark, you should use a fertilizer with an elevated amount of nitrogen. Formulations with more phosphorus or potassium will deliver better flowers and sturdier growths. However, it should be used rarely. When the orchid is resting, you should apply fertilizer once a month. While growing, it's best to give fertilizer every two weeks.

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