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My new Cattleya

This is a discussion on My new Cattleya within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Blc. Haw Yuan Beauty 'Hong' This is a pretty Older plant, correct? and How long ...

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    Blc. Haw Yuan Beauty 'Hong' This is a pretty Older plant, correct? and How long do you think til the pretty blooms will open? I just repotted, it had some new roots over-growing in the pot... a lot of the roots from the older growth were disgusting.... I was nervous to start trimming and fixing it up TOO much because of the new blooms....I accidently snapped 1 nicer root while repotting...... I just hope those babies hold on and grow!

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    I looked it up on OrchidWiz. The photograph shows a very pretty flower. Especially the 'Hong' cultivar. It was registered in 1987 and it has 15 AOS awards. This cattleya doesn't have huge flowers so I would say the blooms should open in three or four weeks.

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    I would have held off repotting until after it finished blooming. Look at spike below buds. It isn't clear but is that white thing a mealy bug?

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    Nope no bugs, there was a lot of shredded packing paper and some fuzzy pieces and dusty like debri from shipping from the paper
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    I repotted my giant Catt when it was in sheath and had no problems , all 3 flowers popped out and bloomed
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    For a 'compact' grower , it's looking kind if obnoxious with old growth, I might try dividing when it's done blooming. I've never attempted dividing a plant so just thinking about it makes me nervous! I have 2 books that show/explain how
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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidbaby View Post
    For a 'compact' grower , it's looking kind if obnoxious with old growth, I might try dividing when it's done blooming. I've never attempted dividing a plant so just thinking about it makes me nervous! I have 2 books that show/explain how
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    Oh my gosh, you've got me laughing out loud here at your description of your "obnoxious" plant!! You should see a couple of mine... one catt I got last year for a whopping $2, and it was such a mess I just wanted to get in there and chop all the dead crunchy stuff off (many of the p-bulbs looked like old, dried-up corn husks), but I was cautioned against dividing too aggressively because the plant's roots were nearly all rotten, and the poor thing was just a mess. I now have a sheath on it, and a new growth starting... and a recent root-check shows that positive things are in the works. Unfortunately that doesn't do squat for the plant's overall messy, "obnoxious" habit! I can't WAIT to divide that sucker.

    Once it blooms and it looks strong enough, you'd better believe I'm getting all that dried-up crap off of it.

    But I have to say that your old growth actually looks REALLY healthy. All the leaves are green and the p-bulbs seem plump. If it bothers you that the leaves are sort of flopped outward and pointing in different directions, you can take some floral tape (or even curling ribbon...I particularly like using curling ribbon... I think it just looks pretty... kind of like "dressing up" my orchid), and gently tie together the p-bulbs so that the leaves are in a more pleasing formation. I have some catts I have to tie in several different places because the leaves aren't stiff, but are just all sort of floppy and wimpy, and the growth habit turns into a giant mess if I don't do something about it.

    But compacts are much easier to "straighten up" than the biggies, so you should be able to get that plant looking nice and tidy with a little creative use of ribbon.

    Congrats on your new plant! I'm sure there will be members looking to trade you for your divisions when the time comes (keep me in mind, too, please... he hee!) Can't wait to see the bloom pics!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidbaby View Post
    For a 'compact' grower , it's looking kind if obnoxious with old growth, I might try dividing when it's done blooming. I've never attempted dividing a plant so just thinking about it makes me nervous! I have 2 books that show/explain how
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    I'm not a big fan of dividing cattleyas unless it's absolutely necessary. I find that cattleyas grow and bloom much better after they get to be large, well established plants. Dividing them always sets them back for a while. But if you need to do it, by all means go ahead.

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    I agree with Jeff about dividing, my experiences have not been good and it really seems to set the plant back, but this could be my on doing. good luck, it's a healthy looking plant

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    Thanks everyone and thanks Jen! Lol u get me laughing good too, alot of times. I'm excited about my Masdie too I haven't posted any pics yet and I got it like a week ago. Gunna try to do so in the morning. The leaves are so perfect on it it looks FaKe! It's so cute, as far as appearance goes I can't get over the cuteness
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