Iwanagaara (Jackfowlieara) Appleblossom is a sympodial epiphyte orchid hybrid. It was registered in 1992 and created by Rod McLellan Co. as a cross between Caulaelia Snowflake and Rhyncattleanthe Orange Nuggett. This is one of the most popular Cattleya type orchids in the hobby, due to its beautiful flowers and fragrance. Though the name Iwanagaara is still widely used in the hobby, the recent reclassification named this orchid as Jackfowlieara.
The blooms are beautiful, although simple in colors and patterns, measuring about 6-7 cm in diameter. They have a star like appearance and appear well defined. The sepals and petals have a pale pink color, while the lip is broader and can be a more intense pink towards the edge.
There are many color varieties available, from white, pale pink, a more pronounce pink and even yellow, so each cultivar can look slightly different. What remains the same is the unmistaken shape of the flower and the dark brown stripes on the throat of the lip.
The Iwanagaara Appleblossom is a fragrant orchid, but the scent can differ from one cultivar to another. The variety showed in this article has a fresh fragrance of spring tree blossoms, quite like the name suggests. Other varieties can resemble freesia, or a fresh perfume. The fragrance is moderately strong and is mainly released during the first part of the day, while at night this orchid is not fragrant.
The blooms can last about 4 weeks or a bit more, depending on environment. This orchid usually blooms in winter and spring, but offseason blooming is not uncommon. The blooms are arranged on a flower spike that emerges from on top of the cane and each spike can hold 4-8 flowers and can be up to 20 cm tall. After the blooms fall the spike can be cut close to the base, as it will not rebloom or create other plantlets.
The pseudobulbs, also known as canes, are about 15-20 cm in height and about 2-3 cm in width, with an elongated shape. The normal color for this orchid is light green. The leaves are long and rather slender, measuring about 15-20 cm in length and about 2-3 cm in width. This Cattleya type orchid can produce 2-4 leaves per pseudobulb.
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 4-5 months to mature. This orchid usually produces a small sheath from which the spike emerges.
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 The Iwanagaara Appleblossom orchid is easy to care for, as long as bright light is provided.
Iwanagaara (Jackfowlieara) Appleblossom 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