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Cattleya Guarianthe skinneri var. alba

Cattleya Guarianthe skinneri var. alba

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Experience the allure of the Cattleya skinneri var. alba, a mesmerizing midsize orchid species that hails from the lush landscapes of Central America. As a medium-sized, bifoliate epiphyte, this exquisite orchid thrives in the humid forests, gracefully perched upon tree trunks and branches. Alternatively, it can be found as a terrestrial-lithophyte, showcasing its elegance on granite cliff banks. Spanning across altitudes of 200 to 2300 meters, its fusiform to clavate pseudobulbs bear two apical leaves that are oblong to elliptic, imbuing a touch of sophistication.

Blooming Season: Prepare to be captivated by the enchanting winter-to-spring bloom of Cattleya skinneri var. alba. Adorned with dense clusters of small, slightly fragrant flowers, it delights the senses with its subtle yet delightful aroma. On occasion, this floral beauty might surprise you with a charming display of blossoms during the fall as well.

Cultivating Tips: To ensure your Cattleya skinneri var. alba thrives and graces your space with its remarkable blooms, follow these essential tips:

  1. Mounting Preference: As a species that truly embraces its epiphytic nature, these orchids prefer to be mounted on wood, mimicking their natural habitat and allowing their roots to breathe freely.

  2. Temperature Requirements: Providing the right temperature range is crucial for this species' well-being. It thrives in warm to cool growing conditions, replicating the pleasant climate of its native home.

  3. Winter Rest: Like any other living organism, your orchid needs a period of rest. During the winter months, reduce watering and allow your Cattleya skinneri var. alba to experience a dry resting phase, preparing it for the splendid blooms to come.

  4. Blooming Expectations: Anticipation is part of the joy of cultivating these stunning orchids. Look out for those brown or green sheaths that were formed during the previous summer. That's where the magic happens - the beautiful blossoms emerge from these sheaths, delighting you with their presence.

  5. National Flower of Costa Rica: Revel in the fact that you're nurturing the national flower of Costa Rica, a symbol of beauty and pride for a vibrant country.

There are two options:

- A blooming size imported bare root orchid division; newly repotted in a 3" or 4" pot; about 1 to 2 years to bloom; Grown from seed; Limited!

- A near blooming size T4” in a 3.5” clay pot, about 3 to 4 years to blooming size! Grown from Seed! Limited!

Let the Cattleya skinneri var. alba grace your living space with its elegance and beauty. With proper care and attention, you'll be rewarded with an enchanting winter-to-spring spectacle that will leave you in awe. Embrace the art of orchid cultivation, and this Central American gem will flourish under your care.

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