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Cattleya - What Happens When New Leads Grow

This is a discussion on Cattleya - What Happens When New Leads Grow within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Looking for any type of cultural information when Cattleya species start to grow new leads ...

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    Default Cattleya - What Happens When New Leads Grow

    Looking for any type of cultural information when Cattleya species start to grow new leads -- there is a lot of information on when they typically flower, but not a lot on when they start growing.

    For instance, both of my maxima's are growing leads, my labiata has one one-inch new lead with others leads about to start, and my Laelia purpurata has a two-inch lead. I also have a mossiae and a trianae that are now resuming growth after a nine-month "sulk" after I purchased them last year.

    Thanks for any assistance!

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    The short answer is probably that they send out leads when they want to. Spring, of course, is the most active time, but it seems like I always have something sending out a new lead. Sounds like yours are gearing up!

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    I have a similar concern, the lead stopped growing after a couple of inches; the same pot has a rootless clump growing eyes from the base. I am kind of confused.

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    Plants grow at varying rates. I bought an old cross a couple years ago. The leads take roughly 9 months to become full grown and it blooms only once a year, usually at Christmas. However, sometimes when the plant isn't happy it can take up to twice that long. Your new p-bulb will grow slowly at first, during which you want to avoid getting them wet. New leads rot easily...some plants are fussier than others when it comes to this....some plants don't seem to care. Others the new leads will rot almost with no reason...I have a couple like this. And what is stranger is out of 3 divisions from the same plant, two rot easily while the third section is growing with no rot problems. lol Go figure! I've also discovered that once a plant is divided they may grow at different rates as well. Giving them identical care, some grow nicely while other sections will at times seemingly dry up and die for no visible reason. Welcome to the confusing world of orchids....

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