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Cattleya maxima var. semi alba

Cattleya maxima var. semi alba

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Introducing Cattleya maxima var. semi-alba - The Exquisite Andean Beauty

Discover the allure of Cattleya maxima var. semi-alba, a captivating orchid species hailing from the pristine slopes of the Andes in northwestern South America. Native to the enchanting countries of Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela, this orchid is one of the two esteemed species that thrive on the Pacific side of the Andean range.

Breathtaking Blooms: In the warm embrace of summer and fall, Cattleya maxima var. semi-alba graces us with its magnificent 4" flowers. The blossoms boast a mesmerizing alabaster hue, accented by striking deep purple veins in the lip and a vibrant yellow stripe running down its center. Look closely, and you'll be enchanted by delicate light purple striations on the petals. The air will be filled with a light, pleasant floral fragrance, making it an absolute delight for the senses.

A Rarity to Treasure: Amongst its species, the var. semi-alba stands out as a rare gem. Its unique and beguiling appearance makes it a coveted addition to any orchid enthusiast's collection. Be prepared to be enchanted by the elusive beauty of this captivating variation.

Versatile Adaptability: Cattleya maxima is renowned for its remarkable ability to adapt to various climates, making it a versatile choice for cultivation. Whether you are an experienced gardener or a green thumb enthusiast, you'll find joy in cultivating this resilient orchid in a diversity of environments.

Cultivation Tips: To ensure the utmost beauty and health of your Cattleya maxima var. semi-alba, we recommend the following cultivation tips:

  1. Light: Provide your orchid with bright, filtered light. Avoid direct sunlight, as it may scorch the delicate leaves and flowers.

  2. Watering: Maintain a balanced watering schedule, allowing the growing medium to dry slightly between waterings. During the active growth phase, water more frequently, but as the temperature falls, reduce watering to prevent overmoistening.

  3. Fertilization: Feed your orchid with a medium-strength orchid fertilizer, following the manufacturer's instructions. Fertilize during the active growth period to support healthy blooms.

  4. Humidity: Cattleya maxima var. semi-alba thrives in moderate to high humidity. Consider using a humidity tray or room humidifier to create an optimal environment.

  5. Potting: Repot your orchid every two to three years using a well-draining orchid mix. Choose a pot that provides ample room for its roots to grow and breathe.

  6. Temperature: This orchid enjoys a temperate climate. Protect it from extreme temperature fluctuations, especially during winter.

These are blooming size in a 5" pot, about 1 to 2 years to flowering size. Grown from Seed! Limited!

Cattleya maxima var. semi-alba is an orchid species that will reward your care and attention with a breathtaking display of blooms. Its rarity and resilience make it a precious addition to any orchid collection. Unleash the allure of the Andean beauty in your home or garden and relish the joy of cultivating this remarkable species.

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