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Cattleya leopoldii var. coerulea

Cattleya leopoldii var. coerulea

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Introducing the Exquisite Tiger Striped Cattleya (Cattleya leopoldii var. coerulea)

Discover a Piece of Coastal Brazil's Natural Beauty

Originating from the lush coastal forests of Eastern and Southern Brazil, the Tiger Striped Cattleya (Cattleya leopoldii var. coerulea) is a botanical marvel that captures the essence of its tropical habitat. This warm-growing epiphytic orchid thrives at elevations below 100 meters above sea level, making it the perfect addition to your orchid collection.

A Visual Delight

The Tiger Striped Cattleya is a sight to behold. It boasts large, bifoliate to trifoliate foliage, with semi-erect, leathery leaves that measure between 5.1 to 27.9 cm in length and 2.2 to 7.6 cm in width. These leaves are elliptical-lanceolate in shape, featuring an acute apex and amplexicaule base, all adding to the plant's unique charm. Its pseudobulbs, reaching heights of 30 to 80 cm, are cylindrical and slightly thickened at the top, enveloped in paleaceous white sheaths.

A Fragrant Mid-Summer Spectacle

The true magic of the Tiger Striped Cattleya reveals itself during the mid-summer bloom. Delight in the intoxicatingly sweet fragrance as this orchid graces your space with its presence. The flowers, 7-11 cm in diameter, are nothing short of captivating. Their sepals and petals, typically greenish and adorned with charming spots, create an enchanting contrast.

A Lip Like No Other

But what truly sets this orchid apart is its lip, which is conspicuously trilobed. The terminal lobe is elegantly divided into two distinct sections, while the lateral lobes sport a delicate whitish-purple hue. The magenta terminal lobes provide a vibrant and striking focal point, adding an irresistible allure to this already mesmerizing orchid.

Cultivation Tips for Success

Cultivating the Tiger Striped Cattleya can be a rewarding endeavor, provided you offer it the right conditions:

1. Light: Provide bright, indirect light to mimic its natural habitat. Approximately 2,000 to 3,000 foot-candles is ideal.

2. Temperature: Maintain warm conditions, with daytime temperatures ranging from 70°F to 85°F (21°C to 29°C) and a slight drop at night.

3. Humidity: This orchid thrives in high humidity levels of around 50% to 70%. Consider a humidifier or regular misting to achieve this.

4. Watering: Allow the medium to dry slightly between waterings, typically every 7-10 days. Use a well-draining orchid mix.

5. Fertilization: Feed your Tiger Striped Cattleya with a balanced orchid fertilizer during the growing season (spring to early fall).

6. Potting: Repot every 2-3 years or when the potting medium breaks down, typically after flowering.

7. Air Circulation: Ensure good air circulation to prevent fungal issues and promote healthy growth.

This is a blooming size in a 4” clay pot, newly repotted, about 1 to 2 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited! 

By providing the right care, you can cultivate a thriving Tiger Striped Cattleya, bringing a piece of Brazil's coastal beauty into your home or garden. Its exquisite appearance and sweet fragrance will undoubtedly captivate orchid enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Don't miss the opportunity to welcome this natural wonder into your life.

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