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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 ...
that is good to know...thanks!
Great thread! Thanks so much! Rating 5 stars!!
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.
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.
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.