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Cattleya skinneri "Heiti Jacobs "

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Cattleya skinneri  "Heiti Jacobs "

Originating from Central America, this orchid flourishes in the lush, humid Mountain Forests spanning from Southern Mexico to Costa Rica. As a natural hybrid, it is typically found nestled on tree trunks and branches, gracing the landscape with its blooms from winter through spring. The flowers, which emit a subtle fragrance, don't all blossom simultaneously, creating a breathtaking array of pink and purple hues. Featuring a bell-shaped lip that elegantly points forward, the flowers boast a stunning white or cream coloration.

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.

If you buy bare root: trim away dead roots, do not over water, make sure the orchid does NOT move in the pot at all so they get established.  Cattleya skinneri "Heiti Jacobs " may have leaf bruises or blemishes. This is part of buying a plant at this stage when it is so inexpensive. 

Caring for Cattleya skinneri "Heiti Jacobs "

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 cattleyas 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 skinneri "Heiti Jacobs " can tolerate higher daytime temperatures up to 95°F, increased humidity, adequate air circulation, and shading become essential under such conditions.

Watering Cattleya skinneri "Heiti Jacobs "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 skinneri "Heiti Jacobs ". 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 skinneri "Heiti Jacobs " 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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