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Bifoliate Cattleya care

This is a discussion on Bifoliate Cattleya care within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Any hints on growing bifoliate Cattleya? Water seems to be my problem - they just ...

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    Any hints on growing bifoliate Cattleya? Water seems to be my problem - they just are not vibrant, fat plants. They are scrawny looking.

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    I will be interested to see what folks have to say, as I've heard that bifoliates are harder, but I am not sure why that is supposed to be so. The only think I have heard is that they are especially picky about repotting, and if repotted too often or at the wrong time, can take a long time to recover.

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    I am always careful about only potting during new growth. One of the problems with them is that their pseudobulbs are very spindly and not capable of holding alot of water. I water them with my unifoliates and I think I am not giving them enough water. Maybe?

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    I don't know that it would be of any help but I remember reading this thread over the weekend and found it to be interesting and a bit useful in the case of my "once were catts".

    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...a-culture.html

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    Don as it is already pointed out, they need a lot of water as compared to unifoliates. Pot them up in a basket and a very dry mix like large chunks of charcoal and lava rock and water them everyday when in active growth and atleast every three days when dormant. By this way, you never over water the plants and not under water them as well. On the other hand I pot my unifoliates in a more water retensive medium like charcoal and coconut husk chips, I water them every three days when in active growth and let them dry for another 3 days before watering. This works well for them, because they have good water storage capacity.

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