Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums


The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!


  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"


Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.


YES! I want to register an account for free right now!


Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Results 1 to 6 of 6
Like Tree3Likes
  • 2 Post By Cjcorner
  • 1 Post By Brutal_Dreamer

Any Recommendations on How to Make Cattleya Grow Upwards?

This is a discussion on Any Recommendations on How to Make Cattleya Grow Upwards? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; My plants are in a sunroom with all glass walls, but the roof is solid ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    jhodgson is offline Member
    Real Name
    Jim
    My Grow Area
    Sunroom
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleya, Encyclia
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Chicago, Illinois
    Posts
    58
    Member's Country Flag

    Default Any Recommendations on How to Make Cattleya Grow Upwards?

    My plants are in a sunroom with all glass walls, but the roof is solid with only skylights. I have noticed new growths on some of my plants tend to grow horizontally towards the sunlight. Does anyone have any recommendations to make them grow upwards?

    I was thinking of staking them, but I don't want to damage them in any way. Also is there any point where staking would not damage the plant?

  2. #2
    Kmac's Avatar
    Kmac is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Kathi
    My Grow Area
    Porch/Patio.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    How can I pick just one???
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Dallas, TX
    Posts
    2,515
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    If you are careful, staking should be fine. They even make wire rings on stakes for those catts that like to grow sideways. You should also be sure they are getting enough light...but some of them do just like to grow that way.

  3. #3
    Cjcorner's Avatar
    Cjcorner is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Connie
    My Grow Area
    Porch/Patio.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Mini Vanda, Schombs &Encyclia.
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    West of Tampa, FL
    Posts
    9,139
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    I have several cattleya that no matter where I put them, how much sunlight they get...they grow sideways. So...rather than fight with them I put them in baskets and put a skewer in a couple places to hold them in until their roots grow some.

    Name:  basketSidewaysCattleya.jpg
Views: 719
Size:  166.4 KB

  4. #4
    Brutal_Dreamer's Avatar
    Brutal_Dreamer is offline Dreaming with my eyes open...
    Real Name
    Bruce Brown
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleyas & Slippers
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    34,003
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    The easiest way is to repot and stake the orchid plant. Make sure the light is coming from the top of the plant and the plant should grow toward the light.

    cheers,
    BD

  5. #5
    pavel's Avatar
    pavel is offline change is the only constant
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    whatever will bloom
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    8,643
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    IME, trying to stake a new growth when it is very young is a recipe for disaster. Often the new growth snaps off or gets crimped and dies. If the growth is very new, you can place something snugly under the new growth. This usually prevents the growth from continuing downwards and starts to push it up. Additionally, turn the pot so that the growth is now facing away from the sun. It should start bending upwards in order to reorient on the sun. Once the growth gets longer and has started to form the pseudobulb, it can be staked bending up the new growth by small increments over a matter of days or weeks until it is upright.

    Having said that, then there are still those plants which will stubbornly refuse to cooperate. I actually have a minicatt which has stupidly sent 3 growths straight down into the media, never to resurface.




  6. #6
    wetfeet101b's Avatar
    wetfeet101b is offline It's not dead! It's just permanently dormant.
    Real Name
    John
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleya, Cymbidium
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Riverside, CA
    Posts
    1,332
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    You cannot really fight phototropism long term. You can stake and train the stems but they will keep veering towards the light.

    How far are the plants from the glass walls? and what direction are the glass walls facing?
    You could move the plants closer to the wall with a brighter sun exposure and see if that voids the plants' need to grow sideways.
    You could also try placing supplemental lights under the ceiling to try and cancel out the dominance of the light from the side.

Similar Threads

  1. where does a spike grow from on a cattleya
    By rwf in forum New Growers: Ask the Senior Members
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: February 22nd, 2010, 12:17 PM
  2. Mini Catts recommendations needed
    By hera in forum Genus Specific
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: September 18th, 2008, 05:47 PM
  3. How am I doing? how to make them grow better? [lots of pictures]
    By rainynightstarz in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: October 20th, 2007, 06:08 PM
  4. Recommendations?
    By wogga in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: July 22nd, 2006, 08:27 PM
  5. Orchid Growth Comments/Recommendations
    By Slipperhead in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: March 25th, 2005, 08:26 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.