Easy Orchids – Sophrolaeliocattleya Madge Fordyce ‘Red Orb’
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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.
This compact-growing dazzler takes its name from the three separate genera that produced it in 1971 in the United States: Sophronitis provides the brilliant color and small pseudobulbs, with Laelia and Cattleya contributing to the hybrid vigor. The plant soon becomes multi-leaded, enabling it to be grown into a specimen producing a mass of single blooms lasting three to four weeks on short flower spikes during the summer. It needs cool to intermediate temperatures and will do well on a light windowsill, but it must be kept fairly dry while flowering.
Flower Size: 2 inches (5cm) across
Plant Height: 10 inches (25cm)
Pot Size: 3-4 inches (8-10cm)