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bringing back an almost drowned cattylea?

This is a discussion on bringing back an almost drowned cattylea? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I had the great idea to put the orchids I have in a pair of ...

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    Isis_Nebthet is offline Junior Member
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    Default bringing back an almost drowned cattylea?

    I had the great idea to put the orchids I have in a pair of window boxes stacked so there was a well under the bark for humidity. Big suprise I over watered them and the orchids were in standing water. All my dembrodiums are fine but I almost killed my cattylea (which is what made me notice something was wrong). Suggestions on getting it back? It has one leaf now..the other two just fell off when I pulled it out.

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    What do the roots look like - if any are left?? If the roots are gone, I'd toss it. If there are some viable roots, and you have LOTS of patience, you might be able to recover it. I speak from experience, soggy Catts are hard to recover.... (been there, done that)

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    Yeah, there needs to be at least some roots for survival. Maybe if there are still some good roots, you can bag it. Wrap the roots in damp (not wet) sphag and put the whole plant in a bag. Be careful about watering, but keep the air humid most of the time except when you open the bag for aeration.

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