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Cattleya Lawre-Mossiae

This is a discussion on Cattleya Lawre-Mossiae within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Beautiful colors! Orchids are like people, some of them like living with me and some ...

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    Beautiful colors! Orchids are like people, some of them like living with me and some don't. Usually primary hybrids are vigorous plants though. You might be right about the temperature. C. lawrenceana is from low elevations and can stand high temperatures but C. mossiae comes from the cloud forest where it never gets over 80 degrees. I don't know what would help your orchid but a couple of my catts, that weren't doing well, have improved since I moved them from pots to open wood baskets. Of course, now that it's blooming, you may not want to change anything. Good luck.

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    i'm guessing the repotting has helped cure whatever was ailing the plant. i don't think the older growths will look 'right' again, but may plump up a bit, but the new growths may come in much better now. someone once gave me a cattleya in similar condition. 2 years later i gave it back in bloom. the old canes never really stood up tall again, but the new growths came in nice and strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coeruleo View Post
    i'm guessing the repotting has helped cure whatever was ailing the plant. i don't think the older growths will look 'right' again, but may plump up a bit, but the new growths may come in much better now. someone once gave me a cattleya in similar condition. 2 years later i gave it back in bloom. the old canes never really stood up tall again, but the new growths came in nice and strong.
    Yes, I think maybe a few people missed the part where I said it was newly repotted. I had someone give me a stack of a dozen or so plastic bulb pans with nice holes in the bottoms, but not so much that a little extra moisture will stay at the bottom. I have also begun potting plants like this in a new pine mulch. The mulch has this sponge like stuff in there, and every plant that was having similar issues as this plant I recently cleaned up, gave a therapeutic soak in superthrive, honey and a systemic antifungal...trimmed bad roots and then potted into these bulb pans with the new pine mulch stuff. It's been amazing to watch the new roots and improvement in nearly all of the repotted plants. They are doing so well I ordered another huge bag of the mulch to use with a few others. I've already repotted a bunch, and still have more to get finished. Thanks for everyones suggestions...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horst View Post
    Roy,
    Now I'm getting exited and more curious.
    I have serious problems to keep my plants after deflasking alive.
    Maybe I'm doing it all wrong.
    If it's not too much to ask, what are your procedures for a successful deflasking?
    Horst, I compot the plants stright from the flask without washing all of the agar from the roots. There is always some left.
    It helps the roots. I pot into pure perlite & water in. The next watering is with sugar water, about 5 teaspoons per litre.
    I water with this for the first 3 months then gradually change to a very weak normal fert'. I don't water till the mix is just moist only, I try to never over water early on. I never soak or spray the plants with a fungicide unless necessary. The plants are sterile out of the flask & very tender. Fungicides if used too strongly can burn the plants & cause more problems than if not used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy View Post
    Horst, I compot the plants stright from the flask without washing all of the agar from the roots. There is always some left.
    It helps the roots. I pot into pure perlite & water in. The next watering is with sugar water, about 5 teaspoons per litre.
    I water with this for the first 3 months then gradually change to a very weak normal fert'. I don't water till the mix is just moist only, I try to never over water early on. I never soak or spray the plants with a fungicide unless necessary. The plants are sterile out of the flask & very tender. Fungicides if used too strongly can burn the plants & cause more problems than if not used.
    Roy,
    Thank you so much for this valuable explanation.
    We will try and keep you updated.

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