Friday, April 19, 2013

Question for the Hive Mind: Brassolaeliocattleya Helen Brown

I was excited about this for about five minutes, when I first saw it. But this is just more foliage, not a flower bud, right?


nycguy said...

It's a new growth---the start of the next pseudobulb. Cattleyas bloom from the top of each growth, so if you are lucky and the plant is happy enough, you may get flowers from this growth or a future one.

You will never get a spike on an old growth on a cattleya, so this is your chance.

Paul said...

Definitely new growth. While there are a few catts that do send a spike up from the base, the vast majority (and this is one of those) only flower from the apex of the pb.

Particularly as the pb matures and fattens up, make sure to give the chid plenty of bright/strong light and a bit more water. (Not keeping the plant wet but not letting it get super dry.)