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Cattleya forbesii

Cattleya forbesii

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Introducing Cattleya forbesii - The Vibrant Coastal Beauty!

Are you looking for a stunning and easy-to-grow orchid to add a touch of exotic elegance to your indoor or outdoor space? Look no further than the captivating Cattleya forbesii, a magnificent bifoliate species native to the coastal regions of Brazil. Its natural habitat near streams and the sea coast in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Parana, and Santa Catarina states of Brazil gives a clue to its adaptability to varying environments, making it a wonderful addition to any orchid enthusiast's collection.

Key Features:

  • Easy to Grow and Bloom: Cattleya forbesii is renowned for its ease of cultivation and abundant flowering. Even beginner orchid enthusiasts can enjoy its beautiful blooms with a little care and attention.

  • Medium-sized Epiphytic or Lithophytic Beauty: This species boasts slightly swollen pseudobulbs, enveloped by several membranous sheaths. It carries two apical leaves that are oblong, coriaceous, and beautifully rounded with notched tips.

  • Fragrant and Colorful Flowers: Blooming from autumn until spring, the erect, terminal inflorescence measures 9 to 15 cm long and bears one to a few (up to six) stunning flowers. The best part? These long-lived blooms emit a delightful bubble gum scent that will fill your space with an irresistible fragrance. Furthermore, the color of the flowers may vary, adding an element of surprise and uniqueness to each blooming cycle.

Cultivation Tips:

  • Mounting or Potting: To provide the perfect environment for Cattleya forbesii, consider mounting it on tree fern or cork for a more natural and beautiful display. Alternatively, you can pot it in a well-draining medium, such as a mix of orchid bark, sphagnum moss, and perlite.

  • Light and Temperature: This orchid thrives in bright light, but avoid exposing it to direct sunlight, as it can cause leaf burn. Ideal locations include a south or east-facing window with some shading. As a cool to warm growing species, it enjoys temperatures between 18°C to 28°C (65°F to 82°F) during the day and slightly cooler temperatures at night.

  • Humidity and Watering: Cattleya forbesii prefers a warm, humid environment during the growing season. Aim for 50% to 70% humidity levels, especially during the summer months. Water your orchid regularly, ensuring that it is never left standing in water. Allow the roots to dry slightly between waterings to prevent root rot.

  • Seasonal Rest: After flowering, your Cattleya forbesii will appreciate a slight winter rest. Reduce watering and provide a cooler environment (around 15°C to 20°C or 60°F to 68°F) during this time. Resume regular care and watering as the new growth emerges in spring.


A near blooming size about T4” in a 3.5” clay pot is about 2 to 3 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited.

A blooming size division in a 4" clay pot, about 1 to 2 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited. 

Transform your living space into a tropical paradise with the exquisite Cattleya forbesii! With its alluring fragrance, vibrant colors, and easy-going nature, this orchid is the perfect choice for both beginners and seasoned orchid enthusiasts alike. So, bring a piece of the enchanting Brazilian coastline home and let Cattleya forbesii captivate you with its natural beauty and resilience. Order yours today and experience the magic of coastal Brazil right at your doorstep!

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