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Cattleya aclandiae var. alba

Cattleya aclandiae var. alba

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Introducing the Cattleya aclandiae var. alba, a captivating orchid variety that adds a touch of enchantment to any orchid collection. Renowned for its compact size and exquisite, sweetly fragrant flowers, this sought-after dwarf-growing orchid originates from the coastal plains of Bahia, Brazil, where it thrives on tree trunks and branches at elevations ranging from 300 to 1300 feet.

The unique charm of Cattleya aclandiae var. alba is evident in its slender, ribbed pseudobulbs and fleshy, elliptic leaves. The leaves are captivating green with no spots, adding a dramatic flair to this botanical beauty.

During the spring and summer months, this orchid graces admirers with one to three large, waxy flowers that are disproportionately large compared to the plant's size. The green blooms with no spots and white lips emit a sweet fragrance, filling the air with an enchanting aroma.

Cultivating the Cattleya aclandiae var. alba is a rewarding experience, and here are some essential tips to ensure optimal growth and blooming of this remarkable orchid:

Light Requirements: Provide bright, indirect light to your Cattleya aclandiae var. alba. Placing it near windows will ensure it receives the maximum amount of light it needs for robust growth and flowering.

Watering: During the active growing period, ensure abundant watering, but reduce it during the winter months. This orchid thrives on a balance of moisture and air circulation.

Temperature: Maintain intermediate to warm temperatures, mimicking the warm tropical environments of its native Brazil. Avoid exposing it to cold drafts or extreme temperature fluctuations.

Soil Mix: Use a loose and well-draining soil mix, allowing for both moisture retention and proper air circulation around the roots. This is crucial for the health of the orchid.

Planting Options: Cattleya aclandiae var. alba can be grown in pots or mounted on cork slabs, tree ferns, or open wooden baskets. Choose a method that suits your preferences and growing conditions.

Humidity Levels: Aim for a humidity level between 75 to 85 percent. Utilize humidifiers and humidity trays to maintain the ideal conditions for your orchid's well-being.

Fertilization: During the active growth period, fertilize your Cattleya aclandiae var. alba with one-fourth to one-half of the recommended dose of regular orchid fertilizer. This will provide the necessary nutrients for healthy development.

Repotting: Repot your orchid every two to three years in spring, when new roots begin to develop. This helps refresh the growing medium and promotes continued vitality.

This is blooming size in a 4" pot, about 1 to 2 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited. 

Embrace the joy of cultivating the Cattleya aclandiae var. alba, a dwarf orchid that enchants with its petite stature and large, fragrant blossoms. Elevate your orchid collection with this botanical gem, and watch as it thrives under your care, rewarding you with stunning displays of nature's artistry.

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