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sheaths w/ possible buds in them

This is a discussion on sheaths w/ possible buds in them within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; How do you know when you are supposed to cut open a sheath as opposed ...

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    How do you know when you are supposed to cut open a sheath as opposed to just leaving it alone? (I have only bloomed Catts with sheaths a couple of times so far).

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    I wouldn't cut the sheath you may damage the spike/buds. It will open when it's ready. The sheath helps protect the developing spike/buds.

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    Debbie, don't cut them. If the buds seem to be developing at a normal rate, just let them be. If the sheath turns brown with the buds inside, I will carefully grasp each side of the sheath at the top and pull the halves apart sideways to expose the buds. That allows any condensed moisture inside to evaporate and reduces the chance of bud blast.

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    Actually the buds seem so tiny and moving up sooo slowly that I almost thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. But the sheath is slightly "puffed out" in the middle. I won't cut it unless it turns brown, thanks.

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    I have a C. skinneri with a dried up sheath. I was very disappointed when the sheath turned brown cause I had really been looking forward to seeing it bloom.
    After reading some info online I discovered that it was quite normal for this plant to bloom from dried up sheaths.
    A couple of weeks ago I held the plant against the light and sure enough, there's something in there.
    I've checked the sheath several times now and the buds seem to grow really slowly. I'm really excited

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    So, do some buds grow excruciatingly slowly? The buds in my sheath (which is turning yellow) are barely growing...the change is imperceptible (sp??).

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    LOL - ALL buds grow like snails! Particularly when they're first setting up. The noticeable growth rate is at the end when when bigger and nearly open. Still, they'll take days and weeks more than you'd expect. I think that's just to drive us crazy!
    Good luck!

    Julie

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