It is that time of year, and I am very excited to see some of my orchids blooming.
This is a Cattleya Memoria Ruby Cosby. It’s really fragrant.
Cattleyas generally bloom in the summer, normally in August, but this year, it’s a month early.
Cattleyas are orchids that like a lot of light, especially an eastern or southern Exposure.
They will not rebloom on old spikes like Phalaenopsis, so if you have one, do your plant a favor, and cut away the spent flowers.
I have heard that when you see a spike starting on a Cattleya, you should move it to a location with maximum light so it will develop stronger multiple blooms.
There’s another bloom on the way, but just this one fills my whole kitchen with its perfume.
I’m going to go smell my orchid now.