Intro:Lc. Dinard 'Blue Heaven' AM/AOS is a cross between Lc. Saint Gothard and C. Dinah. This hybrid was first made in 1930 by the famous orchid firm Charlesworth in England. This particular clone was awarded in 2001. The award description reads as follows, “Three well-formed, nicely framed flowers on one inflorescence; flowers pale lavender-blue with darker lavender veins on petals centrally; lip pleasingly ruffled, indigo purple with yellow throat veined lighter purple; substance heavy; texture sparkling.” There are not many blue cattleyas available and this one is (we think) one of the best. The flowers always emerge in the fall from September to October and last 4 weeks or longer. They have a pleasing fragrance.
**Click on the highlighted text for direct links to product pages**Light:Medium to high from 2,000 to 4,000 foot candles. This plant will grow and flower under fluorescent fixtures but at least 4 tubes of 4 feet in length work best unless you have the new compact fluorescent fixtures. This plant will also perform well under High Pressure Sodium (HPS) fixtures.
P.L. Lights systems are a great way to provide artificial light to your orchids. See our P.L. Lights page for more information on this great product we offer.Humidity:50% or higher is ideal.
The use of humidity trays or room humidifiers is beneficial.
We offer two products that can help increase humidity levels. The humidity tray offered in black or white, and the Mist Maker. Please click on the underlined text for more information on these products.Water:It is best to use rainwater, distilled or reverse osmosis water. Municipal water with a pH of 7.5 or lower can also be used. When this plant is in sheath or actively producing flower buds water when the mix approaches dryness. In winter months allow the mix to become just dry between watering.
Overwatering can cause several problems such as root rot and infectious bacteria/fungus in the potting medium. One product we offer that can help these problems if caught at an early stage is Phyton 27 bactericide and fungicide.Fertilizer:We highly recommend using Green Jungle Orchid Food, especially formulated to work with rain, distilled, reverse osmosis water or water low in alkalinity. Fertilize with Green Jungle every time you water if plants are planted in bark. Be sure to flush the mix with clear water only once per month to prevent fertilizer salt build up. For plants in moss or mounted on slabs feed every third or 4th watering as the moss holds a lot of nutrients.
GrowMore 20-10-20 Ureafree for municipal or well water. Use at the rate of ½ teaspoon per gallon. If using GrowMore with rain, distilled, or reverse osmosis water, add back in 5 - 10% municipal or well water to supply the necessary calcium and magnesium. Fertilize every other watering in the summer and every third watering in the winter.
Another fertilizer offered is: GrowMore 6-30-30 (Cymbidium and bloom boosting formula).Flowering:This plant usually flowers in the fall months in September or Early October with 2-3 large nearly 7 inch flowers that have a sparkling texture. Like many blue orchids such as Vanda coerulea, the flowers will first open as more lavender in color and then within a week to 10 days the color will deepen to express the blue pigments. The flowers develop a fragrance after they have been open a few days as well. The flowers last 4-6 weeks depending on conditions. Good light and cooler temps will allow the flowers to hold for a longer period of time.Repotting:Repot using clay pots and and a medium bark mix. Repot when new growths are evident. Spring is usually best. This plant can be divided once there are 6–8 growths. Leave a minimum of 3 growths to each division.
We offer several different types of potting medium. Here are direct links to what we believe to be some of the best potting mediums available for orchids: Orchids Limited bark mix, New Zealand sphagnum moss, coco husk, coco peat, sponge rock,charcoal, tree fern fiber, osmunda fiber and cork slabs for epiphytic plants.