Cattleya Intermedia var. Orlata ‘Rio’


Cattleya Intermedia var. Orlata ‘Rio’


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  • Supplied in a 12cm pot
  • Flower size
  • Pine bark substrate

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The Cattleya Intermedia var. Orlata ‘Rio’ is a stunning Brazilian hybrid orchid, known for its abundant flowering, pleasant fragrance, and easy cultivation. Originating from the cross between Cattleya intermedia and Cattleya orlata, this Cattleya combines the vigor of the former with the beauty of the latter, resulting in a plant ideal for collectors and orchid enthusiasts.

Characteristics of Cattleya Intermedia var. Orlata ‘Rio’:

  • Size: The plant can reach up to 30 cm in height, with thick pseudobulbs and long, leathery leaves. Its compact size makes it suitable for cultivation in pots and vertical gardens.
  • Flowers: The flowers, arranged in erect or pendant clusters, feature large and showy petals in shades of light lavender to lilac, sometimes with hints of pink and white. The lip, in contrast, is usually dark red with yellow stripes in the throat.
  • Flowering: The Cattleya Intermedia var. Orlata ‘Rio’ blooms profusely in spring and summer, providing a spectacle of colors and fragrance for several weeks.
  • Fragrance: The plant’s fragrance is sweet and pleasant, reminiscent of floral aroma with citrus notes.

Symbolism of Cattleya Intermedia var. Orlata ‘Rio’:

  • Beauty and exuberance: The abundant flowering and vibrant colors of the orchid symbolize natural beauty, joy, and the exuberance of life.
  • Perfume and delicacy: The pleasant aroma and delicate flowers evoke softness, sweetness, and romance.
  • Brazilian origin: Being a Brazilian hybrid orchid, the Cattleya Intermedia var. Orlata ‘Rio’ can represent national pride and the richness of Brazilian flora.

Care for Cattleya Intermedia var. Orlata ‘Rio’:

  • Light: Prefers bright indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight for extended periods as it can burn the leaves. Filtered light near east-facing windows or diffuse light in well-lit environments are ideal.
  • Irrigation: Keep the substrate moist, but not waterlogged. Water the plant when the substrate is almost dry to the touch, using warm water.
  • Fertilization: During the growing season (spring and summer), provide a balanced fertilizer diluted in water every two weeks. Reduce the frequency of fertilization in autumn and winter.
  • Temperature: The ideal temperature ranges between 18°C and 27°C. Avoid extreme temperatures as they can affect flowering.
  • Humidity: The Cattleya Intermedia var. Orlata ‘Rio’ appreciates moderate humidity (around 50-70%). Use a humidifier or place the pot on a tray with water and pebbles to increase air humidity.
  • Substrate: Use a lightweight and well-draining substrate, such as a mixture of pine bark and sphagnum.
  • Repotting: Repot the orchid every two or three years or when the pot becomes overcrowded, using a pot with good drainage and suitable substrate.

Tips for Success with Cattleya Intermedia var. Orlata ‘Rio’:

  • Provide adequate support for the plant, as its pseudobulbs tend to grow vertically.
  • After flowering, cut the flower stalk just below the last node that bloomed. This will encourage the plant to produce new shoots and flowers.
  • Carefully observe the plant for signs of pests or diseases and treat them promptly.

The Cattleya Intermedia var. Orlata ‘Rio’ is a perfect orchid for you:

Whether you’re an experienced collector or a beginner orchid enthusiast, the Cattleya Intermedia var. Orlata ‘Rio’ is an excellent choice. Its beauty, pleasant fragrance, abundant flowering, and ease of cultivation make it a versatile and charming plant for any environment.

Available at Tropical Orchids Portugal:

Bring home the exuberance and beauty of the Cattleya Intermedia var. Orlata ‘Rio’.

Additional information

Weight0,8 kg
Dimensions12 × 12 × 55 cm


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