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Old May 1st, 2004, 10:55 PM
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Cattleyas Orchid

When my cattleyas orchid finished blooming last year, I cut the flower stem at the base. Following the instructions of a local garden shop in southern CA. The orchid has since started several air roots and seems to be thriving in a NE window. How long will it take to start a new flower stem and how will I be able to recognize it.

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Hi Homar:

For us in Fresno indoors, not in a greenhouse, Cattleyas
bloom between April and June. The books that we have
are rather inconsistent on what triggers a blooming spike
or spikes to appear. Is it light reduction or cooler temps
that will facilitate a bloom? I think both factors are equally
important. I have not found for us which factor works best
but I am leaning towards cooler night time temps.

The spike itself starts as a round stem-like protrusion that you
will not mistake for anything other than a blooming spike. On
one of our varieties the flowering spike develops from the tip
of a shoot ending in a whorl of two leaves. The other form of
Cattleya of ours will have its spike initiate from the base of the

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