Friday, March 12, 2010

Cattleyas Blooming for Aloha Friday

Its another Aloha Friday, have a fantastic day. I'm presenting this beautiful cattleya blooming this morning. Its called Cattleya Halona Belle 'Volcano Queen'. Isn't it a real show stopper?






This is a beautiful hybrid that came from Akatsuka Orchid Gardens and nursery up in Volcano Hawaii which specializes in cattleyas and is one of the largest orchid growers in Hawaii. Their growing nursery is unique in that it is located in the higher elevations of the rain forests which have cooler temperatures of 40 to 70 degrees year round. The ideal growing conditions should be anywhere from 70 to 90 degrees which is more suitable in the lower coastal areas. I will write about Akatsuka's in a later post on how he was able to create an optimal growing environment for his hybrids and other specialty orchids to be a major exporter of orchids in Hawaii.

These cattleyas are hard grown (hard grown means that the orchid plant was not babied in any way) so they develop bigger and studier with strong leaves and maintain brighter and longer lasting blooms.

For more information on cattleya orchid care you can visit this site, http://www.orchids-plus-more.com/cattleya-orchid-care.html. Or you can easily google cattleya orchid care and find alot of information and growing these beauties.

To view other blooming friday posts go visit katarina at http://rosorochris.blogspot.com/

and to view fertilizer friday go visit tootsie at http://www.tootsietime.com

20 comments:

Edith Hope said...

Greetings Noel, What amazing plants these Cattleyas are. I have never heard of them let alone ever grown one. They are just the most exotic looking flowers I have seen and are captured so wonderfully by your fabulous close-up photograph.

As you so aptly say, Cattleya is a show stopper!!

Bangchik said...

Beautiful, strong coloured flower. Anyone will stop to have a look! ~bangchik

mothernaturesgarden said...

You can't get more beautiful than that.

Maureen said...

Very pretty! I am not usually a fan of orchids but the colors on this are so soft and pretty.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Noel. What a brilliant colored orchid.So pretty.
You have a wonderful weekend in paradise.
Lona

Ami said...

Noel: Very beautiful Cattleyas blooming! Mine is currently developing the buds, can not wait for it to open!

Debbie said...

Volcano Queen is a very befitting name for such a beauty! Hope you have a great day -Debbie

Carol said...

Noel, Your 'Volcano Queen' is indeed a show stopper! Lovely photo!! I love the colors and the soft focus of the first bloom. ;>)

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Ah, blissful. I'm not able to move on to catts yet, just phalaenopsis and one paph. so I'll enjoy yours with a wistful sigh, and dream of winning the lottery so I can build a solarium. Or move to Hawaii.

Meredith said...

Halona Belle even sounds lovely and exotic. I know, I know, a rose would smell as sweet and all that... she'd be gorgeous under any name we chose. I love that pink and yellow combination. It's so sweet and girly. :)

Kimberly said...

Hello, Noel! Your post, as always, is amazing. This orchid is so pretty...peachy soft! It reminds me of a bearded iris, sort of. I've not heard of this variety...will be on the watch during this year's orchid shows.

Tyra i Vaxholm said...

It certainly is a show stopper. Absolutely gorgeous plant. Aloha Friday to you too

Katarina said...

Aloha Noel - I agree. It's a show stopper alright!

Digital Flower Pictures said...

I really wanted to stop at this nursery when we were out your way but didn't (kept driving) since a lot of those type of places aren't crazy about photogs.

Your cattleya is really beautiful. I happen to love the fragrance most of them have, too.

Kate said...

Wow. That is breathtaking. I would so love to give that one a shot in my indoor garden....

Tootsie said...

oh how delicate and pretty! the blooms remind me of a doll my mother has made out of porcelain...her dress seems to flow like the ruffles on the blooms!
thanks for playing this week!

Evelyn Howard said...

Nice!

noel said...

aloha everyone, thank you kindly for leaving some comments on blooming friday...so the question is are you going to try and grow your own cattleya now?

Digital Flower Pictures said...

noel said...

"so the question is are you going to try and grow your own cattleya now?"

I will definitely give them a try if I can find any that are sensibly priced around here. There are a few in the estate's Orchid collection but I don't think that they have rebloomed for me. I will have to check it out.

Maia said...

It is a gorgeous orchid indeed and you are welcome to Macro Flowers Saturday. Still you have to link back to the meme, or did you?

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