About: Cattleya hybrids are known for their strong sweet fragrances which are used in fine perfumes. They are tropical epiphytic orchids that bright indirect light and very frequent watering in the Summer months followed by very infrequent watering in the Winter months. Cattleyas are great for beginner growers looking for a rewarding, fragrant orchid for a sunny window or for intermediate growers interested in an easily mounted orchid.
Potting mix: Coarse orchid bark mix or bark mount, repot once fully root bound
Light: Bright indirect light
Water: Water frequently in hot months when media just reaches dry, decrease to very infrequently in cold months
Temp: Intermediate-warm (60F min night, 85F max day)
Humidity: 50-90%, tolerant of medium humidity
Fertilizing: 1/2 strength urea-free balanced fertilizer, every other watering. Decrease to monthly in winter
**Some species require unique conditions, consult species reference for more exact info (aos.org recommended).