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Repotting a cattleya w/multiple leads

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    I have a C. amethystoglossa seedling that's got one growth about halfway done -- you can see the second leaf -- and I had intended to repot it when it was starting its next growth cycle. It's not totally climbing out of its pot, but the medium is kind of old. I noticed today, though, that it's already got a new lead!



    It's a 2 1/2" pot; the new lead there is about 3/4" tall. I've had plants with new growths freeze up when they change environments, leaving p-bulbs half-grown, and I don't want that to happen. What would you do? Wait through this second lead, see if it pauses and then starts a distinct new growth cycle, or repot right now?

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    When a plant is growing new roots or a new psuedobulb is the time to repot. There are some great articles on the site for repotting cattleya. You will be amazed once the roots hit new potting materials, how quickly they begin growing faster. Happy Repotting...

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    Like connie said, this is the best time to do it, while the new roots are starting to grow. I would wait until the next cycle if the roots are already establishing, but if they are just new, then by all means.

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    One word of caution - bifoliates hate to be disturbed.

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    Cathy: exactly, that's why I'm nervous. I've had some keep on without missing a beat when I repotted them mid-growth, including a C. aclandiae (another bifoliate) and an Ang. magdalenae, which people warned me would sulk. But I've also had a C. bowringiana x Enc. cochleata (half bifoliate catt) and one of these blue Dtps crosses that both stopped new growths right where they were; both have gone on to form complete new shoots/leaves, leaving the half-grown ones half grown. I've had a couple people tell me bifoliate species are bad about freezing up like that -- so I'm wary.

    I don't have new root buds yet; maybe I'll see how I feel once I can see those on this plant. Looking at the bark in daylight, it's so old. I love these plants, but sometimes they do make me nervous. :P

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    Use the root development as your cue to repot. Some species will produce roots during lead development and others produce them after. There will be much less sulking from the plant with this practice. When you've finished the repot make sure to note the month on the name tag. This will help you to remember when the plant is in active root growth and when to repot when it's needed again. Many longtime growers have told me this over the years. It works for me as well.

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    I can show you a couple of bifoliates that never recouped after being repotted. I now grow most of my straight bifoliates in either slat baskets or fern fiber baskets.
    I have a porphyroglossa that after 2 years is still just hanging on after plaquing it.

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    I would recommend repotting now if time allows. I find when everyone 'wants' to be repotted, I don't have the time to do it and end up doing it when they don't really 'want' to be repotted. Be careful to not overpot it. It still has room as cattleya types like to be potted tightly and drain freely.

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