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Cattleya bowringiana

This is a discussion on Cattleya bowringiana within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Growing in S/H - and after one year it produces 3 spikes for me - ...

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    Growing in S/H - and after one year it produces 3 spikes for me - better than I have managed before. OK the bulbs - canes really - are not as big as in the past, but it is the first year in this system.
    As my friends will remember, I have been struggling with catts for some years , because I grow all my vandaceous stuff above them, and spray those things regularly which results in the catts being too wet. I worked my way through a series of different composts, ever more freely draining, in the hope of solving that problem and finally thought of S/H - using a very open media - baked clay pebbles, aka Hydroton etc. It does seem to be the answer, and the number of catts in flower at any one time is increasing from a mere 1 or 2 ( I do have a big collection by most peoples standards) back towards rather larger numbers, as I used to have before I went overboard for the smaller vandacous things and started spraying daily. All I have to do now is get these bulbs or canes back to where they used to be in size - this is a big chap when grown well , and I still have some 24 inch canes on this plant to remind of what it can do - this years are of different sizes between about 10 and 16 inches.

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    Wow, beautiful! Good growing.

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    Amazing bloom! Great job.

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    Truly beautiful blooms. Congrats on your success with Hydroton, I too use it for my Catts. mixed with some charcoal, and find they do well in that medium. Of course in my kind of temperatures I have to pay attention to keeping them moist.
    Great growing!

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    Beautiful blooms Geoff and it sounds like your well on your way to bigger and better blooming Cattleyas. AL

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