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Cattleya maxima var. coerulea

Cattleya maxima var. coerulea

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If you're seeking an orchid that embodies nature's truest shades of blue, look no further than Cattleya maxima var. coerulea. Renowned for its captivating beauty, this exquisite orchid is a variation of the Cattleya maxima species native to the lush landscapes of Central and South America. The name "coerulea" derives from the Latin word "coeruleus," meaning blue, perfectly encapsulating the allure of its vibrant, indigo-hued blooms.

Collectors and orchid enthusiasts are drawn to Cattleya maxima var. coerulea for its striking appearance and delightful fragrance. In its natural habitat, this orchid thrives as an epiphyte, gracefully attaching itself to trees or other plants, gracefully absorbing nutrients from the air and rain. Now, you have the opportunity to bring this exotic beauty into your home and experience the joy of nurturing its magnificent blooms.

Cultivation Tips:

  1. Optimal Growing Conditions: Cattleya maxima var. coerulea thrives in warm temperatures, ideally between 65°F to 75°F (18°C to 24°C). Provide it with bright, indirect light, as direct sunlight may scorch its delicate foliage. An east or west-facing window is often suitable. In its native habitat, it enjoys dappled sunlight filtered through the canopy.

  2. Orchid Potting Mix: Use a well-draining orchid potting mix, ideally composed of bark, sphagnum moss, and perlite. This will ensure proper aeration and prevent waterlogged roots.

  3. Watering: Like most orchids, Cattleya maxima var. coerulea prefers a balanced approach to watering. Allow the potting mix to dry slightly between waterings, but never let it completely dry out. Watering once a week is often sufficient, but frequency may vary depending on environmental conditions.

  4. Humidity: Maintain a moderate to high humidity level around the orchid, as it mimics the conditions of its native tropical environment. Placing a tray of water near the orchid or using a humidifier can help achieve the required humidity.

  5. Fertilization: During the active growing season (spring and summer), provide a balanced orchid fertilizer diluted to half strength every two to four weeks. In the dormant season (fall and winter), reduce or halt fertilization to promote healthy growth.

  6. Repotting: Cattleya maxima var. coerulea typically requires repotting every two to three years or when the potting mix starts to break down. This is best done after flowering to allow the orchid to focus on establishing new roots.

  7. Air Circulation: Good air circulation is essential to prevent the development of fungal or bacterial diseases. Avoid placing the orchid in stagnant or excessively humid environments.

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A near blooming size in a 4” pot about 2 to 3 years to bloom, newly repotted, about 1 to 2 years to bloom., grown from Seed! Limited!

A blooming size in a 4" clay pot , newly repotted, about 1 to 2 years to bloom., grown from Seed! Limited! *FREE Shipping included!

With these cultivation tips in mind, you can unlock the full potential of Cattleya maxima var. coerulea's breathtaking beauty and enjoy the rewarding experience of nurturing this magnificent orchid. Whether you're a seasoned collector or a newcomer to orchid care, this Cattleya maxima variation is a true gem that will grace your home with its captivating allure.

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