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pbulbs shriveling and leaves losing luster

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    Default pbulbs shriveling and leaves losing luster

    I recently(3 weeks ago) received an order of mini catts. They are outside now in Houston, adequate humidity, under 60% shadecloth. The pbulbs have started to shrivel on the newest growth, and they were plump when I received it. I don't understand as I water only when medium is drying out and most of them have decent root systems. All are putting out new green tipped roots as well.
    So, is it normal for catts going from a greenhouse in HAwaii to outside in Houston, TX to have an adjustment period, where the pseduobulbs shrivel a bit and the leaves start to look a bit dry? I water with a weak Dyan Grow solution and have some KLN on the way to really boost all the root systems. Any suggestions on how to minimize leaf dryness and pbulb shrinking? Will the pbulbs fill up again ever or no? Thanks for any help.

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    Clay,

    I have a watering technique that seems to result in better looking pseudobulbs. When I water, I place the place the entire orchid
    pot in a small plastic tub. (mine are from the olive bar at my local supermarket) I water the orchid and let the pot soak for about
    an hour, then I water with my fertilizer water.

    This seems to do a couple things. First, the potting medium becomes thoroughly saturated, and secondly, the fertilizer salt as able
    to redissolve into the water in the tub. Every now and again I will do the soaking with distilled or rain water to really flush the media
    of salts.

    Hope this helps. Good luck!

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    awesome, I'm going to try that tomorrow then! That makes sense gettting it all wet so that the roots can absorb better when the fertilizer is applied. Thanks!

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    Clay we can always help better if you can post some pictures.

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    makes sense I'll snap some today and post them so you can see. Thanks

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    I would repot them. Giving them fresh media encourages root growth.

    Also, Houston is getting pretty hot. When the sun is out, the humidity drops significantly. You might want to water them more often. I live in Houston too, and have learned that catts grow better in baskets for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lizgeo View Post
    I would repot them. Giving them fresh media encourages root growth.

    Also, Houston is getting pretty hot. When the sun is out, the humidity drops significantly. You might want to water them more often. I live in Houston too, and have learned that catts grow better in baskets for me.
    I would agree; repot with fresh media and make sure they get enough humidity.

    cheers,
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