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Cattleya mendelii

Cattleya mendelii

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Introducing the Exquisite Cattleya Mendelii Orchid - A True Delight for Orchid Enthusiasts

Are you ready to embark on a journey into the enchanting world of orchids? Look no further than the Cattleya mendelii, a stunning and rare species known for its breathtaking beauty and delicate charm. With tissue-paper-like petals and a fragrant allure, this orchid is truly one of nature's wonders.

Description: Cattleya mendelii is a compact-sized orchid that captivates with its epiphytic or lithophytic habits. Its cylindrical, ribbed, and shiny pseudobulbs are a sight to behold, each crowned with a single, apical, oblong leaf that sports a round apex. However, what truly sets this orchid apart is its late spring bloom. On a short, terminal inflorescence, it proudly showcases 2-5 long-lived, fragrant flowers, each unfolding in all its splendor.

Cultivating Tips: While it may be considered one of the most fragile species of Cattleya due to its tissue-paper-like texture, Cattleya mendelii is surprisingly one of the easiest species to grow, making it a fantastic choice for beginners. Here are some essential cultivating tips to help you nurture this delicate beauty:

  1. Light: Provide bright, indirect light to mimic its natural habitat. A south or east-facing window with a sheer curtain is ideal.

  2. Temperature: Maintain a temperature range between 60-80°F (15-27°C) during the day and a slightly cooler temperature at night.

  3. Humidity: Cattleya mendelii thrives in humidity levels around 50-70%. Consider using a humidity tray or a room humidifier to achieve this.

  4. Watering: Allow the potting mix to dry slightly between waterings. Water thoroughly, but ensure good drainage to prevent root rot.

  5. Fertilization: Feed your orchid with a balanced, water-soluble orchid fertilizer at half strength every 2-4 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer).

  6. Repotting: Repot your orchid every 2-3 years, preferably after flowering, using a well-draining orchid mix.

  7. Air Circulation: Ensure proper air circulation to prevent mold and fungal issues.

Unique Characteristics: C. mendelii is not just another orchid; it's a masterpiece of nature. With more semi alba clones than any other Cattleya species, it boasts a wide array of pastel sepals and petals, often with a contrasting darker lip. This orchid's flowers are renowned for their thin substance, enhancing their delicate beauty and making them truly extraordinary.


C. mendelii var. albescens – quasialba form with wide petal - is blooming size, in a 3.5" clay pot, about 1 to 2 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited

C. mendelii var. concolor 'Bucaramanga' - is a blooming size in a 4" clay pot, about 1 to 2 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited

Native to Colombia, this orchid carries a touch of the exotic, a whiff of fragrant elegance, and a promise of enchantment. Whether you're an experienced orchid aficionado or a budding enthusiast, Cattleya mendelii will surely add a touch of rare and delicate beauty to your collection. Don't miss the chance to welcome this captivating orchid into your world.

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