The cattleya alliance is native to the Americas.
Most of the ornamental species come from Central and South America.
Cattleya, Laelia, Sophronitis, Brassavola and Broughtonia are
the genera which make up most modern hybrids with abbreviated
names such as: Lc.,Slc., Blc., etc.
Cattleya and related genera are high light
orchids. They will need a minimum of four (4) to six (6) hours
of direct sun per day. The ideal position is in a south or southeast
window without any obstructions; such as trees, overhangs and
awnings. The compact and miniature varieties will grow well
in a light garden using "full spectrum" grow lights
which should be on for fourteen (14) to sixteen (16) hours per
Average winter night temperatures should
range from 55F to 62F. Winter day temperatures should range
from 68F to 80F.
Growing your orchid in a hydroponic planter
takes all the guess work out of when to water and how much.
Water only when there is no water left in the outside pot. It
is all right to leave your orchid dry for as couple of days
before watering. The clay aggregate will retain moisture even
when the outside pot is dry.
Mix the nutrient solution as per packet
directions. You may store the nutrient in a gallon plastic bottle
to be used when ever it is time to water your plant. It is best
to keep it at room temperature and out of direct sunlight.
Pour the nutrient slowly into the clay pebbles
next to the water level indicator. Water until the indicator
reads about half way between the "min" and "opt"
level. Always be sure there is no water in the outside pot before
Once a month separate the culture pot from
the outer pot and run warm tap water through the clay pebbles
and over the foliage to remove any dust and mineral salts that
will accumulate in the root zone. Return the culture pot to
the outer pot. Do not water until the following day to provide
maximum oxygen to the root zone.