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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Cattleya - Cattleya orchids


Cattleya orchid detail from my Practice floral art design.

Common name

Cattleya orchids


Tropical Central to South America


Large variety


All colours except true black and blue. Lilac, yellow, orange, and white. Also bi-coloured.

Vase life

From a week to almost two weeks.


Floral. Some are very strongly fragranced


The flowers are expensive and generally used to add a luxurious touch to designs


Do not refrigerate as the flowers can not tolerate cold. They are also sensitive to ethylene gas so keep away from fruits and vegatables

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Related Designs

8 January 2020 Leaf-puddle for a short stem in a big vase

Add a leaf to a large-ish vase to create a small puddle of water for your short flower stem to rest in.

8 January 2020 Rest a bit here

Gently curve a shallow area with a leaf to showcase a gorgeous flower with a short stem in a water filled vase

11 September 2019 Weave a small wreath in the side twig of a willow branch to keep a flower in place in your design

This is both a decorative and functional design solution. But most importantly, I think, there is absolutely zero waste.

11 September 2019 Transition into Fall

A sustainable, absolutely no waste floral design using willow to suspend your flower head in your arrangement.

25 January 2017 What is in a basket of spectacular?

Weave a basket with dangling edges for a single orchid display

3 August 2016 Practice

Weave a willow bird nest