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Catasetum pileatum var. ‘Red Pena’ HCC/AOS

Catasetum pileatum var. ‘Red Pena’ HCC/AOS

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Introducing the exquisite Catasetum pileatum var. ‘Red Pena’ HCC/AOS, a botanical masterpiece that combines delicate beauty with captivating fragrance. Originating from Central America to Brazil, this stunning orchid variety boasts cream pinkish blooms adorned with striking red spots, creating a mesmerizing visual delight.

Catasetum pileatum var. ‘Red Pena’ HCC/AOS is renowned for its inflorescence, which produces heavily spotted flowers measuring approximately 4 inches in diameter. The standout feature of these blooms is their wide, flat lip, adding an extra dimension of allure to their appearance. What's more, these flowers emit a delightful fragrance, enhancing any space with their aromatic presence.

Cultivating Catasetum pileatum var. ‘Red Pena’ HCC/AOS is a rewarding experience, provided you follow some essential tips. To ensure optimal growth and blooming, it's recommended to provide bright, indirect light, mimicking its natural habitat. Additionally, maintaining a consistent watering schedule is crucial, allowing the roots to remain moist but not waterlogged. During the growing season, fertilize the plant regularly to support robust flower production.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Catasetum pileatum var. ‘Red Pena’ HCC/AOS is its abundant and permanent flowering cycle, which spans from spring to late autumn. Witness the beauty of its double, fragrant flowers as they unfurl in velvety cream pink hues, creating a captivating display that will leave admirers in awe.

Catasetum pileatum from the lush landscapes of Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador, the Variegated Orchid, scientifically known as Catasetum pileatum, is a captivating species that thrives in the warm, humid lowlands of the Amazon and Río Capanaparo. This medium-sized, epiphytic orchid grows up to 10 in height, boasting pseudobulbs enveloped by lanceolate leaves, creating a stunning visual appeal.

Blooming from spring through fall, Catasetum pileatum showcases fragrant flowers with a distinct texture, reaching over 10 cm in diameter. The vibrant array of colors and numerous named varieties add to the allure, with male flowers featuring wax-white hues and creamy rose with red spots, while female flowers boast upward-directed lips in shades ranging from orange to pale yellow.

Cultivation Tips:

Light: Catasetum pileatum var. ‘Red Pena’ HCC/AOS thrives in a light level of 25000-40000 lux. Ensure moderately bright, filtered light, as direct southern sun exposure can lead to burns. Consistent, strong air movement is essential for optimal growth.

Temperature: Being thermophilic, maintain an average day temperature of 29-32 °C and a night temperature of 23 °C, providing a daily amplitude of 7-9 °C throughout the year.

Humidity: Catasetum pileatum var. ‘Red Pena’ HCC/AOS requires approximately 80% humidity in summer and autumn, gradually decreasing to 70-75% in winter and spring.

Substrate, Growing Media, and Repotting: Grow these orchids on tree fern pieces or in loose, fast-drying substrates. Options include fir bark, Osmund fern roots, sphagnum moss, pumice, cork shards, and a mix of re-composted horse manure and charcoal. Repot annually when new growth appears, removing old pseudobulbs and leaving 1-2 youngsters.

Watering: During active growth, water abundantly, gradually reducing the amount as autumn approaches. Rainfall is moderate to heavy, with a slight dry period in winter and early spring.

Fertilizer: Strong fertilization is key during active growth. Use a balanced fertilizer weekly, transitioning from high-nitrogen in spring to high-phosphorus in late summer and autumn.

Rest Period: After leaves fall, let the orchid dry, watering if pseudobulbs wrinkle. Halt fertilization until spring, resuming normal watering and fertilization when new growth and roots appear, ensuring no water accumulates in new growths.

This is a blooming size imported bare root orchid division; newly repotted in a 4" pot; about 1 to 2 years to bloom; Grown from seed; Limited!

Whether you're a seasoned orchid enthusiast or a beginner looking to delve into the world of exotic flora, Catasetum pileatum var. ‘Red Pena’ HCC/AOS is sure to captivate your senses with its enchanting blooms and alluring fragrance. Elevate your indoor garden or orchid collection with this extraordinary specimen and indulge in the unparalleled beauty it offers year-round.

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