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Cattleya labiata var. rubra

Cattleya labiata var. rubra

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Introducing the Cattleya labiata var rubra, a botanical treasure that's sure to elevate your plant collection with its stunning, intense crimson blooms. Often known as the Crimson Cattleya, Ruby-Lipped Cattleya, or Brazilian Cattleya, this epiphytic orchid hails from the enchanting mountainous forests of northeastern Brazil. Its unique flower shape and captivating fragrance make it a must-have for orchid enthusiasts and collectors.

This exquisite orchid species, lovingly referred to as the "Queen of the Brazilian Northeast," boasts large, vibrant flowers that are impossible to ignore. When in bloom, the Ruby-Lipped Cattleya adds a burst of color and elegance to any home garden, making it an ideal choice for those who appreciate the beauty of nature.

Cattleya Labiata var rubra is characterized by its distinctive perfume, often described as the quintessential "Cattleya perfume." To help you cultivate this magnificent orchid successfully, here are some essential tips:

1. Light: Provide your Cattleya Labiata with bright, indirect light to promote healthy growth and abundant blooms. Filtered sunlight or partial shade is ideal.

2. Watering: During its active growing period, water your orchid frequently to keep the potting medium consistently moist but not soggy. Reduce watering in the winter months when the plant enters a rest period.

3. Potting Medium: Opt for a loose and well-draining potting medium, such as a mix of thick bark chips and perlite. Alternatively, consider mounting your orchid on cork or tree fern, ensuring frequent watering to keep it thriving.

4. Temperature: This orchid thrives in warm conditions, with temperatures between 60 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. To encourage blooming, create a daily temperature differential between daytime and nighttime.

5. Winter Rest: Allow your orchid to experience a dry rest period during the winter months, as this is crucial for initiating flowering.

6. Humidity: Maintain high humidity levels ranging from 75 to 90 percent throughout the year. Achieve this by placing humidifiers or humidity trays near the orchid.

7. Fertilization: Feed your Cattleya Labiata var rubra with a balanced liquid orchid fertilizer bi-weekly from early spring to fall, when the plant is actively growing.

8. Repotting: Consider repotting your orchid in spring when new growth emerges and it begins to outgrow its current pot.

The options are:

T3” in a 3.5" pot approx 2 to 3 years to blooming size, Grown from seed, Limited

Blooming size in a 4" clay pot approx 1 to 2 years to bloom. Grown from Seed. Limited!

Blooming size in a 5" pot approx 1 to 2 years to bloom. Grown from Seed. Limited!

Elevate your indoor garden with the mesmerizing beauty of the Ruby-Lipped Cattleya. Its vibrant crimson blossoms and enchanting fragrance will captivate your senses, making it a cherished addition to your collection. With proper care and attention to these cultivation tips, you can enjoy the resplendent blooms of this remarkable orchid year after year. Don't miss the opportunity to welcome this regal orchid into your home today!

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