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What to do with backbulbs from my Goldenzelle Lemon chiffon?

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    I'm going to have to repot my large Goldenzelle catt. It has just opened a second set of flowers but the front pseudo bulbs have roots that are growing longer each day.< so I have repot. I may lose the flowers...oh well.
    There is a new pseudo bulb growth in the back section. Should I separate it and make a new plant?
    I heard that the back sections aren't as vigorous. Any thoughts? Thank you ahead of time.
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    Posting a picture might help. Don't have to repot just because the roots are growing longer. dividing and repotting would be a set back to the plant and Could take time to settle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cattjenn View Post
    I'm going to have to repot my large Goldenzelle catt. It has just opened a second set of flowers but the front pseudo bulbs have roots that are growing longer each day.< so I have repot. I may lose the flowers...oh well.
    There is a new pseudo bulb growth in the back section. Should I separate it and make a new plant?
    I heard that the back sections aren't as vigorous. Any thoughts? Thank you ahead of time.
    cattjenn
    Thank you for replying so quickly!
    I have to download new camera software on my laptop, and I haven't had time. Sorry about that.
    The cattleya is a large plant, and the front bulbs are growing over the pot edge. Obviously time to repot. This variety of cattleya orchid sends out new roots as it is growing flower buds. That is a trickly combination. If I don't repot now, I'm going to have a plant so large it is causinggthe pot to fall over! Butif I repot now, the cattleya has to rest and not be watered ,plus being in shock, so it wiil most likely lose the flowers...sigh.....

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    When "they" say the backbulbs are less vigorous, they're primarily referring to the fact that the pseudobulbs tend to have less stored reserves, and that the "eyes" - the rhizome growth fronts - tend to be less viable. The fact that you already have growth from one says that it was "viable enough".

    Yes, divide, and pot it up, and share with a friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raybark View Post
    When "they" say the backbulbs are less vigorous, they're primarily referring to the fact that the pseudobulbs tend to have less stored reserves, and that the "eyes" - the rhizome growth fronts - tend to be less viable. The fact that you already have growth from one says that it was "viable enough".

    Yes, divide, and pot it up, and share with a friend.
    Hi raybark,
    Thanks for the reply. As for what you said, I'll do exactly that!
    cattjenn

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    For that matter, depending on just how far over the edge the lead rhizome has extended, you might also be able to simply put a new pot of media flush to the current pot. The new roots will then be able to grow directly down into the new pot. Once the new lead has finishing blooming, that section can be cut free of the mother plant.


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    People tend to want to repot when roots seem over grown but it is not about what you want but what the plant wants lol. Orchids tend to like being snug and unless there is a disease, infection, or stunting of growth then resist your urges .

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