The Cattleya Peach Sun is a sympodial epiphyte orchid hybrid. This is not a registered hybrid, but a commercial one, so more details about its parentage are unknown. This orchid has appeared on Currlin Orchideen for sale as LECO (L)imited(E)dition(C)urrlin(O)rchideen Peach Sun. More details will be provided when they will be made available, but it is suggested that its parents are native to South America and that it is a very forgiving and vigorous hybrid.
Blooms are very showy and medium sized, measuring about 6-7 cm in diameter. They are well defined and don’t give the impression of floofy flowers, but rather a star like appearance.
The sepals and petals have a pale pink, or peach base color, with an intricate dotted and stripped purple pattern. The lip is quite short and narrow and presents a deep magenta tip and a yellow splash on the throat. Purple veining can be observed on the entire lip, fading into the magenta tip.
The blooms are very mildly fragrant and have a light floral, lilies scent, which is more noticeable in the morning hours and completely gone in the evening and night. The orchid can produce 3 to 5 flowers per inflorescence. They are displayed on a 10-15 cm long flower spike that emerges from a sheath produced on top of each cane.
It is suggested that this orchid usually blooms once a year in the warm months and each flower can last up to 4 weeks, or a bit more, depending on environment. After the blooms fall the spike can be cut close to the base, as it will not rebloom again.
The pseudobulbs, also known as canes, are about 10-15 cm in height and about 1-2 cm in width, with an elongated shape. The normal color for this orchid is light green. The leaves measure about 10 -12 cm in length and about 2-3 cm in width. This Cattleya type orchid is a bifoliate orchid, meaning it produces 2 leaves on top of each cane.
The roots are thin and healthy roots are white, but as they age they can turn green when wet. When in active growth they have bright green tips. New growths usually appear at the base of the cane that just finished flowering and take about 6-7 months to mature. This orchid usually produces a sheath from which the spike emerges. The sheath might be green, or brown and dry when the buds start to emrge.
Propagation of this orchid can be done through division, each division should have at least 3 fully grown pseudobulbs for a fast growth further on.
Soft spots: rotting of the new growth if water gets trapped within the sheaths.
Overall, the Cattleya Peach Sun is an easy orchid to care for, as it was created to tolerate life in a home and windowsill better than other hybrids or species.
Cattleya Peach Sun Basic care:
Light: Bright to very bright
Humidity: Tolerant to low humidity, over 40% ideal
Water: Let the media dry between waterings
Growth cycle: not deciduous, does not require a winter rest, does not regularly shed leaves, can bloom all year round