The Cattleya Alliance family, includes Cattleya, Brassavola and Laelia. They are easy plants to grow in the Brisbane area and have the largest range of colour, shape and size in their genera. Requiring between 50-75% shade, they grow well under shade cloth. Cattleya’s live epiphytically (on trees) in nature therefore the potting mix should almost dry out between watering. Water approx. three times a week in summer and once a week in winter. Grow Cattleya’s in open bark and charcoal mix, use a high nitrogen fertilizer in the flowering season. High humidity needs to be maintained at all times by keeping the floor of the bush house damp. Watch Catteyas closely for pests and diseases, if found use the appropriate spray.