Easy Orchids – Laeliocattleya Quo Vadis ‘Floralia’

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Blooming, Care and Culture, Classification, Growing Indoors

I define “easy” orchids as those that can be grown indoors in mild climates in homes that have the heating on during the daytime in winter.

Here we have on of the largest and most flamboyant of the Cattleya hybrids. It was raised in France in 1948. Its gorgeously rich coloring has an almost translucent quality and the plant is typical of many similar hybrids that were at the peak of their favor around the 1950’s. With their large pseudobulbs and tough leaves, these plants can be quite demanding of space. They should be kept on the dry side during winter after flowering and while not in growth. ‘Floralia’ is the result of long breeding lines, the majority of which produce the rich mauves and purples for which this genus is renowned. The flowers, borne on short spikes, appear at various times during the summer and fall and will last for up to six weeks.

Flower Size: 7 inches (18cm) across

Plant Height: 1 1/2 feet (45cm)

Pot Size: 7 inches (18cm)

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