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Cattleya Buds growing together

This is a discussion on Cattleya Buds growing together within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have several plants (cats) which have buds formed very close together. They are actually ...

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    Default Cattleya Buds growing together

    I have several plants (cats) which have buds formed very close together. They are actually touching each other. When they bloom, the flowers will by all tangled up with each other, spoiling the display. Is this a cultural problem or a mechanical one? I am considering attempting to hold them apart by use of cotton or perhaps some kind of pieces of bark, or
    by staking. Any ideas???

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    How far developed are the buds? If they are not close to blooming, they may grow more stem and separate on their own. Otherwise, I don't know.

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    What type of plants are you talking about? In some, that is perfectly natural for the buds to be tightly clustered.

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    As the buds develop, you can use twist ties...carefully If the flower is large and heavy, in addition to staking and tieing the pbulb, you may need to also tie up the flowers.

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