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Cattleya Valentine 'Billy's Blue'

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Cattleya Valentine 'Billy's Blue' (C. loddigesii x C. warneri)
Cattleya Valentine 'Billy's Blue' is a primary hybrid, resulting from the cross between Cattleya loddigesii and Cattleya warneri, officially registered in 1900 by Lager/Hurrell. Its flowers are notable for their impressive appearance, prolonged lifespan, and delightful, potent fragrance. The flower size typically measures around 8 cm.

Blooming Size Plant: BS=Blooming Size NBS=Near Blooming Size  *Blooming size plants- This does not mean you will receive a plant in bud or bloom.

Remember if you buy bare root: you need to trim away dead roots, do not over water when you first plant, make sure the orchid does NOT move in the pot at all so they get established.  Cattleya Valentine 'Billy's Blue' may have leaf bruises or blemishes. This is part of buying a plant at this stage when it is so inexpensive. 

Caring for Cattleya Valentine 'Billy's Blue'

Light reigns supreme in the cultivation and blooming of cattleyas, whether they're housed in a greenhouse or nurtured indoors. These plants thrive under bright light conditions, but direct sunlight during midday should be avoided. Optimal light sources include east-facing windows or shaded south or west-facing windows indoors. In a greenhouse setting, providing 50 to 70 percent full sun (equivalent to 3,000 to 5,000 foot-candles) is ideal. Healthy Cattleya Valentine 'Billy's Blue' boast medium green leaves and erect pseudobulbs, often requiring no additional support.

Temperature control is crucial, with nighttime temperatures ranging from 55 to 60°F and daytime temperatures between 70 and 85°F. Seedlings may require slightly higher nighttime temperatures, typically five to 10 degrees above the standard range. Maintaining a 15- to 20-degree temperature differential between day and night, particularly for mature plants, is recommended. While Cattleya Valentine 'Billy's Blue' can tolerate higher daytime temperatures up to 95°F, increased humidity, adequate air circulation, and shading become essential under such conditions.

Watering Cattleya Valentine 'Billy's Blue' should be approached in two ways: through direct pot watering and atmospheric humidity. Various factors, including pot size, temperature, and light exposure, influence watering frequency. Mature cattleyas benefit from drying out completely between watering sessions, whereas seedlings necessitate more consistent moisture levels. Assessing the pot's weight can indicate watering needs, with a lighter pot signaling dryness and a heavier one indicating saturation. When in doubt, it's advisable to wait before watering again. Cold water below 50°F can harm plants, as can water softened by salt additives.

Maintaining humidity levels between 50 and 80 percent is vital for Cattleya Valentine 'Billy's Blue'. Indoors, this can be achieved by placing plants on trays filled with gravel and partially submerged in water to prevent direct contact. Adequate air circulation is crucial to prevent fungal or bacterial diseases, particularly in high-humidity or cooler environments. 

Fertilization should occur on a regular basis, employing a high-nitrogen formulation (such as 30-10-10) in fir bark or a balanced fertilizer. During active growth periods, fertilize Cattleya Valentine 'Billy's Blue' at least every two weeks; during dormant phases, fertilize monthly. Alternatively, fertilizer can be applied at a quarter of the recommended dilution with each watering session. Monthly flushing with clear water helps prevent fertilizer salt buildup.

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