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This is a discussion on empty sheath within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have a mature cattleya refusing to flower, all I've got is an empty sheath ...

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    I have a mature cattleya refusing to flower, all I've got is an empty sheath sitting for 3 months and nothing is happening. There are another two leads growing and I'm afraid I will get another empty sheath.

    It gets full morning sun until 12 noon and overcast light for the rest of the day...Is there any cultural problem with my catt? Thank you.

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    It could be due to genetics. Lavenders and whites, I find are quite difficult to bloom in our equatorial climate.

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    Thanks cattan.. I Guess I have to wait and be patience..

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    I have one that's sheath also seems to be sitting around for a long time. I'm told that the time from sheath to flower can vary a lot, but sheesh!

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    I have had three plants this year that had sheaths and one had another sheath inside the outside one but no flowers. I could be needing more light. It has been fairly dull here this winter

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    I have the same problem with cattleya types. However, a friend told me a little secret about honey and now have actually been able to bloom a cattleya species. I started out using two tablespoons to 2 or 3 liters water at first. Now I use that amount with a gallon of water instead...and I mix it in when I do my fertilizers. It is helping for certain as even my vanda types are growing new roots and keikeis now. I have had others tell me they use it to soak bare root plants when they arrive from vendors along with their superthrive and that it helps them get a good start. I am used to dry sheaths...hang in there as they are able still to produce blooms. I only remove them if they begin to rot or turn mushy. Hope this helps...

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    Honey? I would never have thought of that. Will have to give it a try--thanks.

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    I found this info online...maybe my "lazy sheath" is just not ready yet...

    Some Cattleyas,especially the late winter/early spring bloomers naturally produce and bloom from dry bud sheaths. The green sheaths are produced on the new growth the summer before, dry during the winter, and produce a bloom spike from the dry sheath between December and February.

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