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    Hi!
    Please advise whether this is a sheath? The past pb's have bloomed without a sheath, this is the first one I've seen on this catt, if it is a sheath. I've gently pressed it though, and there's nothing inside, or should I just wait for the spike? The sheath (?) seems to be large, is this normal?
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    Looks completely healthy and normal. It IS a sheath. On hybrids, the plant can bloom either with or without a sheath..even on the same plant! Just wait for the buds to form--it can take a couple of weeks or a couple of months depending. Hold the sheath up to a strong light source and check for developing buds. See below:





    Quote Originally Posted by nyortiga View Post
    Hi!
    Please advise whether this is a sheath? The past pb's have bloomed without a sheath, this is the first one I've seen on this catt, if it is a sheath. I've gently pressed it though, and there's nothing inside, or should I just wait for the spike? The sheath (?) seems to be large, is this normal?
    Nancy O.

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    okey i think this is a spike in the sheath. really excited to see it pop out.
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    That is so cool!! Good for you! Keep snapping shots for us as it develops!

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    Congrats....I have a few Catts that will have or have not a sheath...mixed parentage I assume.

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    Not only that, but the SAME plant can bloom one year from a sheath and the next year from none (Hybrid..not species).

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    Congrats....I have a few Catts that will have or have not a sheath...mixed parentage I assume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    That is so cool!! Good for you! Keep snapping shots for us as it develops!

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    Why do some of my sheaths turn brown and die?

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    The sheaths don't "Die" when they turn brown. Some hybrids and species bloom from dry sheaths. My C. luteola blooms from the driest and crispiest sheaths...


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    Why do some of my sheaths turn brown and die?

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    Clint, thanks for that idea of holding it up to the light, that's brilliant!! I have a few in this stage right now and I was wondering myself if there were buds inside, I'm gonna go try this!

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    Hi again!
    Spike's out, and it's a triple treat!
    my first two blooms were singles, perhaps the sheath helps produce multiples?
    Will send more pictures when they open!
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