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Cattleya pot medium

This is a discussion on Cattleya pot medium within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; The media looks like burnt rice husk to me. Unlikely that the roots are too ...

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    The media looks like burnt rice husk to me. Unlikely that the roots are too bad as the pseudobulbs are still plump and healthy. Like mentioned above, best to repot to whatever media suits your growing conditions.

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    I love how the Psuedobulp straight up.i agree with all suggestion

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    Some years back, I had a few large cattleya's given to me in very poor condition. The p-bulbs were very ribbed and desiccated, and most of the roots were dried up to the point that I couldn't tell if they were dead or not. I put the bunch in a large clay pot with no media at all in a mostly shaded area, and gave them a good spritz of plain water 2 or 3 times a day just to dampen the roots. At the end of a month, I checked real close to see if they were doing anything. The ones that had developed green root tips got potted up, and did pretty well. The others got tossed in the trash. The blooms were a large mostly lavender and white with some yellow markings on the lip. It was just an attractive, slightly floppy bloom of some undetermined hybrid. I gave it away once it was firmly established.

    I don't know if this would help you or not. Good luck.

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    It looks like this one is going to have 4 buds! The other pseudobulb goes kinda slow.
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    By the way, here's a picture of a Cattleya mossiae I had five years ago. Sadly it died soon after finish blooming. Anyway, in that time I didn't knew anything about orchids.
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    Shame about the mossiae. I can't tell if its split yet but if not keep an eye on that sheath. The buds look a bit odd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton View Post
    Shame about the mossiae. I can't tell if its split yet but if not keep an eye on that sheath. The buds look a bit odd.
    The sheath is starting to split, I can see it from above. What do you mean by odd? There might be something wrong?

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    Probably nothing. Don't know if you have children but waiting for your 1st bloom on your 'chids can be almost as agonizing as becoming a parent

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton View Post
    Probably nothing. Don't know if you have children but waiting for your 1st bloom on your 'chids can be almost as agonizing as becoming a parent
    Hahaha I don't have children yet. But yes, it is quite stressful the waiting until finally blooms. I guess in a couple of days the flower spike will be more larger so the buds will be out of the sheath. I'll take another picture then to verify if there's something wrong (I hope not).

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    If you have access to an outdoor hose, you may be able to rinse out most of the decomposed and fine stuff until root growth resumes and it is a better time to repot.

    I have a small C. mossiae that is growing on a mount. It seems to like that quite well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton View Post
    Shame about the mossiae. I can't tell if its split yet but if not keep an eye on that sheath. The buds look a bit odd.
    You were right. I think there's something wrong with the buds
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