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Cattleya Alliance: Memoria Robert Strait 'Islander Delights'

Cattleya Alliance: Memoria Robert Strait 'Islander Delights'

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Introducing the captivating Cattleya Memoria Robert Strait 'Islander Delights', an orchid hybrid that enchants with its stunning appearance and delightful fragrance. A cross between Cattleya walkeriana x Cattleya Wayndora, this exceptional orchid boasts gorgeous white petals with a soft purple blush and a deep purple lip, creating a mesmerizing contrast. With impressive flowers that average 12cm but can stretch up to 16cm across, it is renowned for its vibrant blooms that exude an exquisite fragrance, making it a true delight for any orchid enthusiast.

Cultivating Cattleya Memoria Robert Strait 'Islander Delights' is a rewarding experience, provided you follow some essential care tips:

Light: These orchids thrive in bright sunlight and can even tolerate direct sunlight. However, if transitioning from a darker environment, it's essential to gradually acclimate them to brighter light to prevent sunburn. Aim for a total daylight duration of 10-12 hours throughout the year.

Temperature: Maintain warm temperatures for optimal growth, with daytime temperatures not exceeding 32°C in summer and staying between 16-20°C at night. In winter, ensure daytime temperatures range from 16-22°C, with nighttime temperatures not dropping below 12°C. Remember, it's crucial to maintain a temperature difference of at least 4°C between day and night, ideally 10-12°C.

Humidity: Provide moderate to high humidity levels, ranging from 35-60% during the day and 60-80% at night. Proper ventilation is essential to prevent the buildup of stagnant, humid air, which can lead to fungal and bacterial diseases.

Substrate and Repotting: Cattleya Memoria Robert Strait Islander Delights thrives in ordinary plastic pots with a well-draining substrate. Any commercial mixture with a high content of peat and sphagnum is suitable for cultivation. Repotting should be done as needed, ensuring the orchid has ample space for growth.

Watering: Water thoroughly, allowing excess water to drain freely from the pot to prevent root rot. Allow the substrate to dry out between watering sessions to maintain optimal moisture levels.

Fertilization: During the period of new growth, fertilize every third watering with a diluted fertilizer solution, typically at half the concentration recommended on the package. This helps provide essential nutrients for healthy growth and vibrant blooms.

This is a blooming size imported bare root orchid division; newly repotted in a 4" pot; about 1 to 2 years to bloom; Grown from seed; Limited!

With proper care and attention to its specific needs, Cattleya Memoria Robert Strait 'Islander Delights' will reward you with its spectacular flowers and enchanting fragrance, adding a touch of elegance to any space. Experience the joy of cultivating this remarkable orchid hybrid and let its beauty brighten your surroundings.

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