You wait and you wait, and you just never know. But sometimes, things work out perfectly . . .
After two years of patience, one of the special cattleyas in my collection finally bloomed. It's not uncommon to wait this long with a new orchid, depending on the species. Some orchids are very slow to acclimate. I've got one that I don't expect to bloom until my first kid is ready to go to college.
For those of you who are technically inclined, the plant is actually a cattleya hybrid (most of the plants casually labeled "cattleya" are actually hybrids). In this case, it's a BLC Chunyeah 'Fang #19'. It has mildly fragrant orange flowers with splashes of red and a red lip.
So (drumroll please), this week's Plant of the Week is the cattleya orchid.
Photo © Jon VanZile