Rhynclaeliocattleya Siam Aurora ‘No.2’ (3.5” pot near blooming size)
New! This magnificent large flowered cattleya originates in the outstanding breeding program of S. Noisuwan of Bangkok, Thailand. His efforts have helped to make Thailand the center for “art shade” cattleya types in recent years, building on the efforts of famous American breeders from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. We obtained these mericlones a couple of years ago, listed in four inch pots and “blooming size.” They were actually in 3.5” square pots and definitely not ready to bloom. Now, under our care, the plants have made a significant leap in growth and would be expected to bloom withing 12 to 18 months, primarily in fall or winter, but possibly in summer as well depending on your growing conditions. The flowers will be large, fragrant and magnificent with a yellow base color overlaid with orange shading and a red-purple lip accented by two bright yellow “eyes.” Fully mature, they can bear three or even four of these showy flowers per spike, but likely will produce one or two on their first blooming. While there are 21 different Cattleya species along with Rhyncolaeliocattleya digbyana in the family tree combined over many generations tracing back to the late 1800’s, the largest share of the gene pool is descended from Cattleya dowiana, the only large flowered species with yellow flower also known for its wonderful fragrance. Hybrids such as this prefer bright, somewhat diffused light, and distinct drying between each watering cycle, especially in winter. We recommend that once these plants are starting to crawl out of their pots, they should be moved into large sized media with plenty of air space in between to facilitate quick drying. Be sure to repot ONLY when there are new roots being generated out of the newest growth on the plant. Despite the large flowers, the plants themselves are relatively compact at between 12 and 15 inches tall when mature.
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