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Cattleya itambana

Cattleya itambana

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Introducing the Exquisite Cattleya itambana: A Marvel of Brazilian Beauty

Indigenous to: Brazil

Cattleya itambana, a mesmerizing miniature orchid, is a hidden gem that hails exclusively from the enchanting landscapes of Brazil. These petite plants, known for their vibrant yellow flowers, are the epitome of elegance and charm. They thrive in the most rugged conditions, making them a perfect choice for those who appreciate the unique beauty of rock-growing orchids.

Cultivating Tips:

  1. Natural Habitat: Cattleya itambana is found nestled among the sandstone outcrops in the lush state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. They often share their habitat with delicate mosses and lichens, creating an idyllic setting for this diminutive orchid.

  2. Size Matters: These mini-miniature wonders are a true testament to nature's artistry. With flower sizes ranging from 1.4 to 1.6 inches (3.5 to 4 cm), they may be small in stature, but they pack a mighty punch in terms of beauty.

  3. Growing Conditions: Cattleya itambana is a lithophyte, which means it prefers to grow directly on rocks, mimicking its natural habitat. To recreate these conditions in your care, ensure excellent drainage for the plant. Use a well-draining orchid potting mix or mount the orchid on a suitable substrate. Allow the plant to dry out between waterings to prevent root rot.

  4. Light Requirements: These enchanting orchids thrive in bright to full sun conditions, basking in 2750-3750 footcandles of light. However, be sure to provide them with some midday shade to protect them from harsh sunlight.

  5. Temperature Sensitivity: Cattleya itambana can endure a wide range of temperatures, making it a resilient choice for orchid enthusiasts. They favor warm conditions but can withstand temperature fluctuations, from a minimum of 45°F to a maximum of 98°F. Their adaptability is truly impressive.

  6. Flowering Delight: Experience the magic of Cattleya itambana as it blooms in late spring and early summer. The racemose inflorescence, measuring 8 to 10 inches (20 to 25 cm), proudly displays two erect, simultaneously opening flowers, casting a spell of beauty that's hard to resist.

This is a blooming size miniature orchid division, in a 4" clay pot, newly repotted, about 1 to 2 years to blooms, grown from seed, limited!

Cattleya itambana is not just an orchid; it's a piece of Brazilian natural heritage brought to your home. Its striking yellow flowers, combined with its rugged charm, will captivate any orchid lover. So, bring a touch of Brazil's natural splendor into your living space and embrace the allure of Cattleya itambana.

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