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This is a discussion on So What Happens Now? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; So I now have my very own tiny little Cattleya (Bc Tetradip 'Junko') and I ...

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    So I now have my very own tiny little Cattleya (Bc Tetradip 'Junko') and I am wondering what happens when it is in flower? For example where do the flowers come from? Is there a way to tell when they might be ready to flower etc etc. I have a close up of it so that perhaps somebody can enlighten me. We all have to start somewhere do we not?





    I have been told that it is a summer bloomer but somebody else told me that it looks ready to bloom now so I am just a little confused. Any ideas?

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    Those new growths...the spikes will form in them

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdayinflorida View Post
    Those new growths...the spikes will form in them
    Thank you cdayinflorida, I think that you mean the two growths without the papery skin are the new growths which the spikes will emerge from? Sorry to be so ignorant but I have never had one of these before so it is all new to me. Do the new growths have to dry out first?

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    Exactly, that is where the blooms will emerge. They will form a sheath and you should see buds form.

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    See the sheath. This is on a species. C. warneri. If you look close this one has a sheath inside a sheath

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    Here are a few examples...sometimes as the one plant does...you get buds without a sheath. Mostly though the sheath comes first.

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    I don't cut a flowers stalk off, after the flowers are done, unless they turn brown. Obviously; this plant bloomed a short while ago...the old stem is still green. There are two buds in there, you can see the first one with the red tinge on it.

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    Susie:
    This is a cross with Brassavola nodosa so it may bloom more than once a year. You need to repot it! A basket would be nice. Blooms will arise from the leave base where it meets with the psedobulb. I will point it out in a picture later on. Will only bloom in new growth, those are the ones lighter colored. Expect 3-4 medium sized star shaped flowers. Color? Very healthy looking plant!
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    I think Connie and covered all but one...the dried up brown sheath My skinneri's bloom for mostly dried up old brown dead looking sheaths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    Here are a few examples...sometimes as the one plant does...you get buds without a sheath. Mostly though the sheath comes first.

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    I don't cut a flowers stalk off, after the flowers are done, unless they turn brown. Obviously; this plant bloomed a short while ago...the old stem is still green. There are two buds in there, you can see the first one with the red tinge on it.

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    Wow. Well thanks alot for explaining that to me. I think I know what to look out for now. I will keep my eye on them and see if there are any significant changes in the leaves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jose R. Nieves View Post
    Susie:
    This is a cross with Brassavola nodosa so it may bloom more than once a year. You need to repot it! A basket would be nice. Blooms will arise from the leave base where it meets with the psedobulb. I will point it out in a picture later on. Will only bloom in new growth, those are the ones lighter colored. Expect 3-4 medium sized star shaped flowers. Color? Very healthy looking plant!
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    Thanks Jose. It did come with a pot a little bigger to repot it into but I would be too scared to move it. They don't like to be repotted do they? I don't even know what it's potted in although I think that it's in moss. I can't wait for the blooms now.

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