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brassavola vs. catts

This is a discussion on brassavola vs. catts within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi everyone! I hope someone can offer me a bit of insight on why I ...

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    Default brassavola vs. catts

    Hi everyone! I hope someone can offer me a bit of insight on why I can't seem to keep roots on a catt. I have owned two b. nodosa and they have both grown roots like crazy. I have also purchased a few catts since I have been growing orchids and can't keep their roots alive any time at all it seems. Are there any significant cultural differences that I am missing?
    I want to try another catt and have been enamored with the richard muellers.
    I thought that these might be a bit easier for me due to the brassavola influence. I thought maybe humidity issues were to blame. I am a mere fifteen to twenty miles from the Pacific Ocean and at night we are flooded with cool humid air. During the day it is significantly less humid and much warmer, sometimes a good twenty to thirty degrees warmer. The temp difference would be great for encouraging bloom(?). Could it be that I have purchased catts that just arent particularly vigorous? If so, what are some that I should give a try?

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    Catts are very easy to rot. They don't like too much water and I think they are doing best in basket. You shouldn't have problem growing catts, just don't water them too much... Brassavola likes to be watered every morning and dry by the evening time. About mr. R. Mueller crosses-very easy to grow!!! When I bought my first Mueller cross I was watering it more than I should've. Since I lowered the watering it is growing and blooming like crazy (as a matter of fact it's in bloom now!). Hope that helps!

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    Go easy on the water, Jason. Cattleyas like to completely dry out between waterings. They also appreciate much less water in the cooler in the cooler months.


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