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This is a discussion on transporting within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I'm visiting my auntie who i rarely get to see, and i noticed she has ...

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    I'm visiting my auntie who i rarely get to see, and i noticed she has an orchid i never knew she had. looks like a catt, apparently it was a mothers day present from a decade or so ago, i would describe the size of this puppy as approximately ginormous so i asked for a part of it.
    now, here's the rub, i'm about an eleven hour drive from home, howabout should i go about cutting and moving this? should i water a certain amount of time before cutting? what should i transport in, just wrap in newspaper?
    also, i don't want to be greedy but i know the more pseudobulbs the better (and don't worry, this mammoth won't even notice...) is there a point where there isn't much benefit in having more?

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    Hi there! I would recommend that you divide the large plant as late as you possibly can - and yes, if you want a division that will bloom sooner, have a minimum of 4 psuedobulbs, the more the better! Water the division well before you leave to head home, and just take care to not injure it on your journey. Pot it up when you get home, put it in a low-light spot for about 5 days after you get home (because it will have been extremely stressed) and then put it in a normal growing place and leave it alone. If you take proper care of it, a catt will make a valiant attempt at life and will put out some sort of new growth for you within 3-4 weeks, so let it decide what it wants to do. Good luck!

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    If you transport in a cooler then you don't have to worry about leaving it in a hot car during potty breaks.

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    It will probably be fine as long as you don't put it in direct sunlight. People ship orchids all over the place in cardboard boxes and they can be in the mail up to five days and still be alright.

    Regarding the dividing. Take a look at the Repotting a Cattleya article (especially step 4 on dividing) and use your best judgment. I am sure you will do fine.

    We expect some photos of the process too. Good luck!

    Cheers,
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