Cattleyas and (other intermediate-warm growing orchids like
Polystachya, Ansellia, Oncidium and Phalaenopsis)
Suitable for indoor growing and can grow well with
other indoor tropical plants, which help to maintain
a favourable micro-climate.
70-80% shade and 90% for Phalaenopsis – never
direct sunlight but rather reflected or scattered light.
Similar growing conditions as African Violets.
Preferably 16°C - 28°C but can tolerate slightly cooler
temperatures. Keep away from heaters, air
conditioners and draughty areas.
WATERING and HUMIDITY:
Water only when necessary during morning, drain freely
and plants must not stand in water. Medium must
not become bone dry of soaking wet. Fine misting in the
morning on warm days can be beneficial. Plants potted
in stone or grit need to be watered more regularly.
FEEDING and HYGIENE:
One teaspoon water-soluable high nitrogen Orchid food
(Chemicult Growing) in 10L water, apply once
in every 5th watering. Chemicult Hydroponic or
Multifeed P can also be used. Check the plants root tips
regualry and make sure the roots tips are not black or
stunted, this could be from too much fertilizer and too
little water. Use Insecticides and Fungicides if required,
can be obtained from leading garden centres.
Make sure to wash your hands and sterilize all tools used,
before using it on the next plant.
Never repot in a too big pot. Rockwool retains a lot of
water and food, therefore repotting is only necessary
when the plants starts to grow over the edge of pot.
It is better to repot into a similar medium to what the
plant was growing in.