Your favorite catt species + need recommendations

orchid_123(z7)October 16, 2010

I've been growing many catt hybrids and I want to try a species catt. I'm interested in the ones with pink and/or white flowers. I did some research and came up with over a dozen species that match the description.

This question is more like a survey: which one is your favorite catt species?

And which one would you recommend for me?

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arthurm(Sydney, NSW AUST)

Perhaps ease of culture in your conditions in zone 7 may be a major factor.
Two easy to grow species here are Cattleya intermedia and Cattleya maxima. Zone 7?

    Bookmark   October 16, 2010 at 8:50PM
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arthurm(Sydney, NSW AUST)

Posted pics of some varieties of Cattleya intermedia over on the photo gallery.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2010 at 9:35PM
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While it is neither pink nor white, the easiest Cattleya species IMO is Cattleya forbesii.

Please, note that I am in Md, not far from Pa, USDA zone 7 (barely), latitude 39N.


    Bookmark   October 17, 2010 at 6:44AM
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highjack(z6 KY)

My favorite is C. (Laelia) purpurata and I am trying to collect all variations. This is a species I don't mind having duplicates sitting around taking up space.

This is the purpurata v. werkhauseri This is purpurata v. flamea This is purpurata v. carnea This is purpurata v. aneleta

I'm now trying to collect as many C. intermedia Intermedia are smaller growers if space is an issue and there is a very wide variety available.

Enjoy the pursuit!


    Bookmark   October 17, 2010 at 6:55AM
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olyagrove(z9 Tampa, FL)

I love intermedia for the ease of growing. I have collected quite a few vars
I love Catt bowringiana - it is strikingly beautiful when covered with blooms. I especially like the coerulea vars. Easy to grow.
Like Brooke, I collect Purpurata - my favorite. Lots of vars out there to keep a collector happy. Mine bloom with lots of light.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2010 at 1:32PM
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