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Repotting Mistake.... poor cattleya...

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    My catt is not liking it's new pot very much. For one, I think I over potted it. The bottom dries out very slow, so I can't water as often, maybe once every two weeks, and in the meantime the top gets bone dry... need more drainage...I am misting the roots (not the plants, just the new roots reaching for the soil) but it's just not enough. Got the pot because it was pretty, and I liked it, but I like my catt more, and it really hates that pot. I just re-potted not too long ago, so my question is this: Can I re-pot so soon since it seems to hate that pot, and go back to a plastic pot with better drainage?? (slightly larger than the last instead of twice the size of the last like it is now) Will that put too much stress on my plant?

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    you can add moss on top of your media to keep humidity for longer period

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    Repot it in a pot that's a little larger than the root mass. Then, if you really like the new pot you bought, put the newly potted plant (in it's new pot) inside the pot you bought.

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    So here is the big red pot (humidity tray doesn't really do alot for that monster) and some roots pics showing the root drying going on since the top has been staying so very dry.
    Note the p-bulbs shriveling, they were nice and plump before, hardly a wrinkle.
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    The pot is very nice but save it for a house plant. You shouldnt pot orchids into ceramic pots, they dont allow for air flow. Start with maybe a 3" or 4" clay pot with extra drainage holes. Repot very soon and kept out of the cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orcoholic View Post
    Repot it in a pot that's a little larger than the root mass. Then, if you really like the new pot you bought, put the newly potted plant (in it's new pot) inside the pot you bought.
    That would be my suggestion as well.

    Nice pot, btw!

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    My experience is limited, but I had to do multiple re-pottings on a cattleya not too long ago. This cat was visiting me and it knocked the poor orchid down and out of its pot TWICE within 2 days. I had to re-pot again a THIRD time a week later because I put the plant too far down into the container and I was worried about rotting.

    Anyway, after the last re-potting, the plant got pretty healthy again...the shriveled bulbs have gradually come back and are nice and healthy, and there is a new bulb and leaves growing, so I extremely stoked.

    If I were you, I would just bite the bullet and re-pot right away. It sounds like you have a nice, well-drained pot in mind. Your leaves are healthy and green, so I don't think your plant will get shocked all that much. It will probably take it a week or two to get used to its new surroundings, but the turnaround will be pretty quick, and you and the plant will be much happier within a month...rather than having this constant doubt and worry in the back of your mind like I did.

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    I looked all over, but the stores around here don't carry the plastic pots with good drainage holes, but they do sell clay orchid pots with the slits in the side and decent drainage in the bottom, so I went for it. Mt catt is now re-re-potted, and I hope it starts the get better soon. As for my pretty pot, I have other plants that could use a new home soon, so I'll save it
    Oh, and should I worry about the outer leaves tendency to lie down flat instead of stand? Most cats that I have seen have mostly upright leaves. Should I tie them up of just let them do whatever. It's grown like that since I got it years ago >.>
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    Looks good...nice, green, and healthy. I think you shouldn't have any more worries.

    I wouldn't worry about tying it up, because I wouldn't want any foreign materials touching the bulbs or leaves, but other people here would probably know better than I.

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    i would leave it alone for now, since you did a really good job re-re-potting your catt.
    of course, if it bothers you too much you can tie the leaves together to make it stand
    out. Just make sure the whole thing is stable in the pot and not wobbly. Oh and good
    luck.

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