Cattleya loddigesii By Roger Finn Cattleya loddigesii was the first cattleya to be introduced into European greenhouses and came from Rio de Janeiro, and came by way of Messrs. Loddeges of Hackney, England under the name of Epidendrum violaceum. When Dr. Lindley founded the genus Cattleya, he redescribed it, naming it after the nursery, since the name Cattleya violacea had already been given to another species. In nature, it grows in various situations on rocks and trees, near rivers and swamps, in shade and sun, in coastal situations from Minas Gerais south to Argentina. There are white varieties, as well as coloured forms such as coerulea and violacea and various other names clones. I grow Cattleya loddigesii under fifty percent shade on t1Se eastern side of my orchid house. It is watered twice weekly in the warmer months and only weekly in the cooler months. In summer it is fertilised with a high nitrogen fertiliser (N:P:K - 12:8: 22) weekly for three weeks and then one week of low nitrogen fertiliser N:P:K: - 12:12:20) to harden the newer growth. When buds are first seen I switch to using only low nitrogen fertiliser until flowers are nearly finished. I noticed that in a 140mm pot the last flowering in that pot was always the best and then I divided the plant. Two years ago I decided to pot-on into a 200mm pot. The result has been very good with stronger pseudobulbs, larger cluster of bigger flowers. I guess this is the mature plant. Growing Oncidium species in Brisbane Environmental Conditions for Vandaceous Orchids Adelopetalum bracteatum Aerangis modesta Ancistrochilus rothschildianus Ascocentrum christensonianum Bulbophyllum annandalei   Bulbophyllum dissitiflorum Bulbophyllum hamelinii  Bulbophyllum lasiochilum Bulbophyllum lobbii Bulbophyllum schillerianum Cattleya loddigesii Cattleya skinneri Coelia triptera Cymbidium erythraeum More Articles