Cattleya warscewiczii

 

Cattleya warscewiczii, seedling in 80mm pot, after one year in my care.

When I first started collecting orchids in January 2013 (summer where I live) I was immediately drawn to Cattleya (and later Paphiopedilum). One of the first seedlings I picked up was this species seedling, Cattleya warscewiczii, (also know as Cattleya gigas). It was purchased via eBay in April 2013 (autumn) and repotted into a medium bark mix in an 80 mm plastic pot. Not much happened until summer 2013/2014 when it grew two pseudobulbs and became firmly rooted to the medium (and to the pot). The second pseudobulb I was pleased with since it is larger than all the others and looking more adult-like. I’m looking forward to seeing it grow to an adult plant and to flowering.

My growing conditions are likely to be different to yours. In my mild temperate climate this plant stays outside all year long with most of my other orchids. However, typical growing conditions require an intermediate-warm temperature range.

Cattleya warscewiczii is native to Colombia and was first described and collected during the 19th century. If you’re like me you enjoy collecting plants with history. This is certainly such a plant.

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