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Getting Cattleyas to BLOOM for me!

This is a discussion on Getting Cattleyas to BLOOM for me! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; A suggestion regarding how you have them potted and water. One of your photos shows ...

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    A suggestion regarding how you have them potted and water. One of your photos shows the base of a plant with the rhizome buried under wet bark... You commented on roots at he surface. You want that rhizome uncovered, of it will be more prone to rot. Bark should dry between times that you water, except for natural rainfall. Roots at the surface are good, they should be climbing all over the pot including outside the pot.
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    The Vanda looks very healthy and happy. I wouldn't move it. In fact, all of your plants look great. So maybe reduce the shading to 25% gradually. I hope others concur with that.

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    Thank you everyone who has helped me along with this - I might be too late for this years cattleya blooms - perhaps next year I will excel !!! They are indeed looking very wet as we have been getting some most welcome and very much needed rain at last....! Will check that the plants are not too deep in the pine bark.....and gradually introduce more light...in fact there's a spot in my 'shade house' where I can move the two orchid tables...holding thumbs!!!!!

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    Welcome from Malaysia. Your climate sounds right for cattleya and with more light they should bloom.

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