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Cattleya Culture

This is a discussion on Cattleya Culture within the Cattleya Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; Please forgive me if this question has already been addressed, and direct me to the ...

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    Please forgive me if this question has already been addressed, and direct me to the appropriate forum area if it has.
    My understanding is that cattleyas that have been divided produce new leads from the 'young' end of the division. Sometimes from the sides. Please correct me if I'm out of place!
    My question is this: If a cattleya produces several new pbulbs in a year that don't produce blooms, is it possible that these growths may produce blooms in the following years? Provided they stay healthy of course. Or do cattleyas only produce blooms on that year's new growth?

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    Cattleyas will not bloom twice on the same growth. If your cattleya has growth on it that is mature, but has not bloomed, it could bloom - eventually. But, once it has bloomed, it will not produce another sheath and bloom.

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    Thanks, Bruce. That answers my question. I have several catts with nice mature pbulbs that have not bloomed themselves, although previous pbulbs on the same plant have. Just wondered if the newer mature growths might produce a bloom or if my hopes should be placed on the new leads growing.

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    I have a really big catt that is about 10 years old I just bought from a grower. I can see clearly where it has bloomed. But, all the sheaths that have buds in them are all on new growths. I even have a brand new growth that is really fresh that is just barely starting to grow a sheath. So, the only blooming on new growths is true I think.

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    The Cattleyas will produce bud only if the center of the newly growth in not yellow or dry up. Once it dried up it will act as a food storage only.

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    Hi Bluemoon
    Do you have the pic/ sample of the newly growth in yellow or dry up?

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    How do I keep these plants situated in their pots? I re-potted a couple months ago because the plants were trying to grow horizontally and the pots kept tipping over. The catts are already starting to go sidways again, but I don't want to keep disturbing the roots by taking the plants out and re-potting.

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    Stacey,What type of pot are you using? If you are using clay or plastic pots,you can pick up Orchid Pot Clips at any BB Store.There are several sizes (Lengths).They are to be used with clay pots,but can be used with some plastic pots.I have used them with catts and den.s Good Luck,Rich

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    I put the plastic pots inside of heavier clay pots. That is holding the pots upright for now, but the catts are still trying to grow sideways out of the pots. Maybe I shouldn't complain. It could be worse, they could be dying instead of growing! Does anyone have ideas? Maybe I need to stake the plant?

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