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problem with another cattleya

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    Another cattleya I have a problem with. When I bought it I sow that something was wrong. The pot was flooded but the flower was gorgeous and I go crazy with joy. I decide to try to save it regardless of my lack of knowledge. If I left it in the shop I believe that the cattleya will be decayed very soon.
    When it finished blooming I repotted. As I suspected the roots were damaged from exceed watering and the rhizome didnít look well. Rhizomes were partially covered with black patches. I removed rotten parts of roots and sprinkle it with fungicides and put it in new medium. I have it for a month and itís holding on for now. You can see on the last picture how it looks now. I checked roots and rhizomes and there is no more damaged on them. The process of decay is stopped and now itís needed to initiate the growth of roots. I believe that it also go in to the plastic bag because of humidity. It will be hard to put in it because the leaves and bulbs arenít flexible and they take a lot of space.
    Do you think is something else is the problem and have you any another suggestions? Would a flower like this leave you breathless?
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    and now looks like this
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    looks like it is in potting soil... a no no. it will make it rot.
    you need to use medium like bark, coconut chips etc...

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    There are repotting articles for Cattleya like yours. However; you should invest in some rooting hormone and apply it to the p-bulbs. You want the actual p-bulb just above the potting medium, not in it. Look around for something to anchor it in position. Then set your plant in a very low light spot that will stay nice and warm and every day or so mist the dirt. Don't do heavy waterings, there are no roots to collect water right now. Also; do preventative sprayings once a month for awhile, with your antifungal/antibacterial. I hear some on here spray with listerine. I have a couple that have recovered from this, however you need to be patient and understand it's going to look really bad before it gets it's new growths fully developed and rooted. Hang in there. Make sure and check the articles, they have alot of great information on repotting. I'm sure i've forgotten at least a couple things...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stefpix View Post
    looks like it is in potting soil... a no no. it will make it rot.
    you need to use medium like bark, coconut chips etc...
    Looks like potting soil but it isn't. I used bark mix which contents small pieces like a peat which you can see on the top of the pot.

    Connie, thank you for your advice. Well than I'm just going to

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    If it is Miracle Gro orchid mix it is not a mix good for epiphytic plants. it is just peat moss soil with some chips in it.
    the photo is a bit small to see well... I think peat stays wet too long. my 2 c

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    It's true that mix I used not one of the best.I will change it, of course.

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