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The best potting media/compost for Cattleyas - in a temperate zone

This is a discussion on The best potting media/compost for Cattleyas - in a temperate zone within the Cattleya Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; Originally Posted by Halloamey Geoff, here in Bremen, I am planting all my Catts in ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halloamey View Post
    Geoff, here in Bremen, I am planting all my Catts in a 50:50 bark, hydroton mixture. And for plants in the greenhouse, they are in 100% hydroton, as they are watered every alternate day.
    Mention of "watered every dayt" or "watered every other day" is a no-no for me. I have too many plants for that to be feasible. Which means that I have to look for composts a bit more water retentive , and perhaps that's where the problems come in. Water retentive is OK as long as the plants are using it, but catts with their few thick leaves don't perhaps transpire the way , say, Odonts do - after all in Brazil , in the highlands, it gets quite dry for months at a time , so the plants are designed to have drought conditions
    .It gets to be catch 22 - they want one compost for the growing season, and a different one for the resting season, and they don't want to be repotted ...
    Maybe I should sell all the catts and have Pleurothallids in their place - most of them can stay damp all the time with no problem !

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    Yes, I understand. The cattleyas that are planted in the 50:50 mix get watered once a week. Whereas the ones planted in 100% hydroton are watered every other day, but that is a excess, they would also do good if watered once a week, its just that the gardeners are watering the Paphs and Phals planted in hydroton thrice a week and they don't bother skipping my Catts LOL.

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