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Cattleya: Should it Ever be Divided

This is a discussion on Cattleya: Should it Ever be Divided within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by Roy Depending on how many canes the plant has & container size ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy View Post
    Depending on how many canes the plant has & container size would determine if dividing is required. The bigger the plant, the better it flowers, as a broad statement. I have a number of Catts & I prefer to back-cut the plant to get leads from the older section. I wait till the plant requires!!! repotting then I have ready made plants rather than waiting to have them establish again. Regardless ( in most cases), the more you leave them alone, the better they are. This can alter if you have "perfect" growing conditions.
    Some of this would depend on the growing medium used. With Catts in bark, it may not be wise to use your technique for the bark below the surface may be broken down, it the Catt has been in the pot for a number of years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    Some of this would depend on the growing medium used. With Catts in bark, it may not be wise to use your technique for the bark below the surface may be broken down, it the Catt has been in the pot for a number of years.
    Its been ok for me in the 30 years I grew Catts in bark. Now using perlite, I can't tell as they have been there long enough.

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    that is good to know...thanks!

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    Great thread! Thanks so much! Rating 5 stars!!

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    I have the space, I am lazy at repotting , and I love to create large specimen pots so this thread has been very informative for me. I had never heard of cutting the rhyzome and leaving both back and front in place. Though it all makes sense.
    Thanks for having this discussion.

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    I'm with you Angela. I only have one specimen Sharry Baby that I will not divide or anything unless I can't find a container big enough to house the plant.


    Quote Originally Posted by angela View Post
    I have the space, I am lazy at repotting , and I love to create large specimen pots so this thread has been very informative for me. I had never heard of cutting the rhyzome and leaving both back and front in place. Though it all makes sense.
    Thanks for having this discussion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    that is good to know...thanks!
    Ron, I should have expanded on my comment. When I was growing in bark, if I wanted to grow a specimen plant, in the final repot, so to speak, I used "large" bark chunks in the center of the root system. Much extended lasting time & much less moisture holding. The center drained fantastic & root root was very limited.

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    The bigger pots take longer to dry in the middle and can cause rot/fungus problems. Just have to keep aware.
    But when you have 2 dozen blooms, everyone stops to look.

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    Great thread. I agree with most of what's been said. The older and larger a cattleya becomes, the better it blooms, as a general rule. I feel there are two reasons to divide 1) If the orchid has become too large to accommodate in your growing area 2) If it's potted in an organic mix, like bark, that is breaking down. Here in Florida most growers use inorganic mixes like LECA or lava rock so that the orchid can be grown to a large size undisturbed.

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