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How to improve appearance of a cattleya orchid

This is a discussion on How to improve appearance of a cattleya orchid within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Stake and tie the orchid and encourage the new growth to move toward the center ...

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    Stake and tie the orchid and encourage the new growth to move toward the center of the pot. Usually the new growth will want to grow outside the pot for us. To get a large orchid plant. Repot triming only dead parts away and place the growing side toward the center of the pot with the oldest side toward the outside of the pot. Sometimes the plant is so large that it is growing in both directions so either way it will be fine. Just do not over pot. Cattleyas like to be potted tightly and drain freely. Never let them stay wet for too long.

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    I think my biggest problem would be getting the media to dry more evenly, instead of staying wet in the middle. One grower I talked to uses sta-lite in any pot over six inches for that reason, but that stuff is heavy. I am trying using a small 2" net pot, upside down in the middle of the pot, with media on top & around it...jury is still out on that, but I think it will help me not overwater the bigger pots.

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    Kathi, I think that is a perfect solution to the problem of wet centers in large pots. I think those cone pots have the right idea, I have just never seen them in sizes for mature big catts. I think what you did is exactly the same thing.

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    Thanks, Don...so far. so good anyway!

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    I'd do what BD advises, don't divide, but repot and stake the bulbs to get them in line. I don't know this particular cross, but some Cattleyas just are kind of tumbly and rangy, even with good culture, and you kind of have to love them for (or in spite of) it. The comment about light might be on point, though -- also water. P-bulbs often twist like that as a plant uses them up, and it uses up older bulbs when it's not getting enough water. That's why I wouldn't quite want to divide this plant, in fact; I'd be leery of shocking its system if it's not been getting the light/water it needs for a while.

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