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Cattleya percivaliana var. coerulea 'Ondine'

Cattleya percivaliana var. coerulea 'Ondine'

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Introducing the Cattleya percivaliana var. coerulea 'Ondine' – A True Natural Jewel!

Rare Beauty Unveiled: In the world of orchids, some specimens stand as true marvels of nature, and the Cattleya percivaliana var. coerulea 'Ondine' is undoubtedly one of them. This magnificent orchid showcases a color palette so rare that it can only be found in a select few collections worldwide. Imagine delicate petals in a captivating light blue hue, adorned with a mesmerizing deep mango-colored interior on the tubular lip, gracefully encircled by a rich, regal purple grape shade. But the allure doesn't stop at its visual appeal – 'Ondine' also boasts a delightful fragrance, making it a sensory treasure for any orchid enthusiast.

A Rarity in the Wild: Cattleya percivaliana, known colloquially as 'Ondine' or 'Undine,' is a botanical treasure that originates from the untamed corners of the natural world. Its coerulea and coerulescens coloring is a true anomaly in the orchid kingdom. The petals and sepals of this alluring variety often take on a delicate greyish or even near-white hue, adding to its mystique.

Fragrant!

A Captivating Centerpiece: What truly sets the 'Ondine' apart is its enigmatic lip. Picture this: a reddish-purple mask envelops the lip's center, creating an intricate contrast with an elongated spot of intense, enchanting blue at its heart. This captivating combination is a testament to the wonders of nature's artistry. Additionally, the orchid's throat boasts a deep, dark orange hue that gracefully extends to the front of the lip, completing its beguiling appearance.

Cultivation Tips: Caring for the Cattleya percivaliana var. coerulea 'Ondine' requires a delicate touch, but the rewards are well worth the effort. Here are some essential tips to help you nurture this rare jewel:

  1. Light: Provide bright, indirect light to mimic its natural habitat. Partial shade with dappled sunlight is ideal.

  2. Temperature: Maintain a temperature range between 60-80°F (15-27°C). A drop in nighttime temperatures can encourage blooming.

  3. Humidity: Orchids thrive in high humidity. Aim for around 50-70% humidity levels. Using a humidity tray or humidifier can help achieve this.

  4. Watering: Water sparingly, allowing the potting mix to dry slightly between waterings. Be cautious not to let the roots sit in standing water.

  5. Fertilization: Use a balanced orchid fertilizer at half-strength every 2-4 weeks during the growing season.

  6. Potting: Repot your 'Ondine' orchid every 2-3 years, or when the potting medium breaks down. Use a well-draining orchid mix and ensure proper aeration for the roots.

  7. Dormancy: Some Cattleya varieties, including 'Ondine,' benefit from a short dry rest period after blooming to encourage future growth and flowering.

This is a T4" in a 2" net pot inside a 4" clay pot, about 3 to 4 years to blooms, grown from Seed! Limited!

Unlock the secrets of nature's rarest treasures with the Cattleya percivaliana var. coerulea 'Ondine.' Its extraordinary beauty and unique features make it a true masterpiece among orchids. Don't miss your chance to cultivate this exquisite rarity in your own collection.

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