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 Post subject: Cattleyas under lights?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:04 pm 
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Anyone growing Cattleyas under led lights? Ordered two and ended up with four from Krull and would like to keep them alive....blooms would be nice too!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:41 pm 
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Which type of Cattleyas? Full or mini ? Cross name would help too.

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 Post subject: Re: Cattleyas under lights?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:09 am 
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I have grown all sorts of plants - including cattleyas - under LEDs.

What type of Catt is far less relevant than the specs on the LED lamp, and the distance from lamp to plants.

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 Post subject: Re: Cattleyas under lights?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:13 am 
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Peter is spot-on about details, but I can tell you this:

I used to grow cattleyas under lights (BARELY under...almost touching the bulbs) and had fine success. I even flowered C. trianiae 'A.C. Burrage' under lights precisely at Christmas, as is one of its claims to fame, with great shape on the flowering. If growing "standards," your biggest challenge will be having a large enough basin under the plants to catch the copious amounts of water that they do prefer when watered (before drying out nearly completely), and the ability to drain that water. You might consider a small pump for draining, like a fish-tank pump -- it does work. If you skimp on the water, you will regret it. Especially standard cattleyas really want a thorough soaking when watered, then left alone in good air movement until nearly bone-dry. Thorough rinse, then repeat...

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