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Cattleya lueddemanniana 'Karel'

Cattleya lueddemanniana 'Karel'

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Cattleya lueddemanniana 'Karel'

Cattleya lueddemanniana is an unifoliate cattleya species, native to Venezuela, where it can be found growing at sea level along the northern coast, up the Cordillera de la Costa Central coastal mountain range, to the state of Lara slightly further inland (an elevation of about 1,800 feet).

Flowers are showy, fragrant, and may bloom in shades of pink, lavender, white, or coerulea, depending on regional origins. Coastal luedds are generally larger-flowered and lighter in color, while those hailing from further inland tend to have smaller flowers in darker shades.

While similar in many ways to other Cattleya species (e.g., Cattleya mossiae and Cattleya maxima), Cattleya lueddemanniana can be distinguished by the apex of its column which bears a pair of wings or hooks.

Blooms in the spring and occasionally again in the fall. Grown from seed. This is a seed-grown crop rather than a clone. While cloning creates offspring identical to the cloned plant parent, seedlings are more like children—they embody some combination of the characteristics of each of their parents. For this reason, flower color will vary somewhat from plant to plant in this crop. Some will bloom shades of pink and blush.

This is a blooming size division of the Cattleya lueddemaniana ‘Karel’ newly repotted in a 5” pot, about 1 to 2 years to blooms. 

 Orchid Care: Grow in high light (very bright, indirect; some morning sun is okay). Provide moderate humidity and strong air circulation. Plants may be grown potted or mounted. For potted plants, use a large aggregate bark mix and, ideally, a well-ventilated terracotta pot. When necessary, plants can be repotted after flowering when the new growth puts out new roots. Whether potted or mounted, water generously while plants are actively growing, but allow thorough drying in between.

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