Care for Orchids

How to Care for Cattleya Orchids

Cattleya orchids, also known as corsage orchids thanks to their big flowers, are one of the most common species grown. Their flowers are very fragrant and large, measuring up to eight inches. This article will give you a few tips for growing one of these plants.


This species of orchid is epiphytic, or an air plant. Epiphytic plants pseudobulbs, or organs that store water. Cattleya orchids also have big roots covered with velamen to help retain water. Before you give these plants more water, you need to let them dry out almost completely. You will need to provide slightly more water while they are in active growth though.


Light is very important when growing Cattleyas. You need to give them at least half a day of bright light. To avoid causing harm, it's important that you don't expose your plant to direct sunlight in the middle of the day. The leaves should have a medium-green color when they're getting the right amount of light.


It's important to maintain a proper humidity level when growing Cattleya orchids. The relative humidity should be between 50 and 80 percent. One of the best ways to do this is to sit the plant on top of a tray of gravel filled with a little water.


With the high humidity level required by these plants, you need to make sure to provide adequate air circulation. If you don't, your orchid will be at higher risk for developing a fungal or bacterial disease. Providing proper air circulation is also important when the temperature is cooler.


These plants like to have a lower temperature at night, and higher temperature during the day. Try to keep the temperature between 70 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. You should keep it between 50 and 60 degrees at night. You can expose the plant to a maximum temperature of 95 degrees for a short period of time.

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