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Cattleya schilleriana var. coerulea 'Blue Green' x 'Blue Moon'

Cattleya schilleriana var. coerulea 'Blue Green' x 'Blue Moon'

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Discover the exquisite and highly coveted coerulea variety of Cattleya schilleriana - a true gem for orchid enthusiasts seeking rare and unique blooms. What sets this orchid apart is the special treatment its protocorms received with oryzalin (t), a chemical known for elevating chromosome count, thereby increasing the likelihood of producing tetraploid offspring.

 Look no further than the elusive Cattleya schilleriana var. coerulea, a highly sought-after variant known for its rarity and captivating beauty. As a small-growing member of the bifoliate tribe of cattleyas, this orchid showcases the uniqueness of having two leaves on each pseudobulb, making it a true botanical marvel.

Mature plants of Cattleya schilleriana var. coerulea stand gracefully at 6 to 8 inches tall, emanating an aura of elegance and sophistication. Each individual flower, measuring approximately 4 inches across, displays a mesmerizing array of colors and patterns. The petals and sepals, adorned in varying shades of green, are enchantingly embellished with intensely colored spots, creating a visual spectacle that is simply breathtaking.

What truly sets Cattleya schilleriana var. coerulea apart is its splendid lip. The lip, boasting a pristine white hue, showcases rich coerulea and yellow striations that serve as an invitation to explore its delicate intricacies. Picture a perfectly flat lip, spanning an impressive 2 inches in diameter, captivating attention from across the room. Its brilliance beckons you closer, luring you to indulge in the wonders that await.

Moreover, these magnificent flowers are not only visually captivating but also emit a delightful fragrance that permeates the air with its alluring charm. The waxy texture and high sheen of the petals add an extra layer of opulence to this botanical masterpiece. With four to six flowers per inflorescence on a well-grown plant, Cattleya schilleriana var. coerulea guarantees a bountiful display that will captivate orchid enthusiasts and novices alike.

Given the rarity and unique qualities of Cattleya schilleriana var. coerulea, proper care and attention are vital to its well-being. Here are some essential tips to ensure the successful growth and blooming of this extraordinary orchid:

Lighting: Provide bright, filtered light to replicate the orchid's natural habitat. Avoid direct sunlight, as it may cause leaf burn. A south or east-facing window with sheer curtains can create an ideal environment.

Temperature and Humidity: Maintain a moderate to warm temperature range of 65-80°F (18-27°C) during the day and a slightly cooler temperature at night. Aim for a relative humidity of around 50-70% to mimic the orchid's tropical origins.

Watering: Water your Cattleya schilleriana var. coerulea thoroughly when the potting mix feels dry to the touch. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot. Allow excess water to drain completely to prevent waterlogged conditions.
Potting Media: Use a well-draining potting mix specifically formulated for orchids, such as a combination of bark, sphagnum moss, and perlite. Repot the orchid every one to two years to ensure adequate airflow and nutrient availability.

Fertilization: Feed your orchid regularly during the growing season with a balanced orchid fertilizer. Dilute the fertilizer to half the recommended strength and apply it every two weeks. Reduce or halt fertilization during the dormant period.

Air Circulation: Promote good air circulation around your Cattleya schilleriana var. coerulea to prevent stagnant air and discourage the growth of pests or diseases. A small fan set on low can help achieve this.

Rest Period: Cattleya schilleriana var. coerulea experiences a dormant period after blooming. During this time, reduce watering and fertilization. Allow the orchid to rest for a few weeks or months, providing it with cooler temperatures to promote healthy growth and encourage future blooming.

This is a near blooming size orchid in a 3.5” clay pot, about 2 to 3 years to bloom. Limited! Grown from Seed!

This exceptional orchid boasts outstanding parentage, making it a truly remarkable find for collectors and aficionados alike. Don't miss the chance to own this super rare and desirable Cattleya schilleriana in its coerulea form!

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