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A few questions of curiosity

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    Default A few questions of curiosity

    I have a couple of questions for those of you with experience out there

    1. Do humidity trays actually work? I've read that they don't, but even more websites say to use them. Are they just a myth? If they do work, percentage-wise, about how much is humidity raised?

    2. Should I care for an Epicatt. the same way I would a Catt.? Does anyone know how big these things get? Mine was a bag baby and was climbing out the top of the bag...I assume it's just about blooming size.

    3. (This one goes out to Clint) What do you do with your Catts.? Do you summer them outside? You know how hot it gets around here...if you do, how often do you water them? Anymore advice/info. you can give me about growing catts in our area would be great

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    Hi Kelly,

    1. Yes. Humidity trays will help raise the rate of humidity around your orchid plant. The amount or level of increase will vary and be determined by the number of plants you have grouped together, how close they are to each other, how large of a humidity tray you have, and how deep. Air movement is also a factor that you should take into consideration when thinking about humidity since they often go hand in hand.

    2. Sure. You can care for them the same way as your cattleya. Some get large and some --not so much. (Depends on what they have been crossed with and the sizes of those plants.) Also on how well the plant is cared for regarding food and fertilizer, etc... The bag babies sometimes are 'close' or 'near' blooming size, but some can take three or more years to reach the maturity for blooms.

    3. Cattllyas like to dry out between watering. Standard catts like bright light, but not direct light. Mini-catts will do well in a bit less intense light. If you summer them outside in our area, you will have to watch out for bugs and keep an eye on them when it is raining often. Be sure to keep them in some protective shade.

    Cheers,
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    3. I summer some of them outside...mostly those with a heavy Laelia anceps influence because they take the heat better. Come 104 like today, I usually have to water every day because most of my catts are in a very porous media (Hydroton). Basically, you have to research each hybrid's parentage to discover heat tolerance. Anything with a lot of Sophronitis won't do well (they look like they're dried up even after a heavy watering.) Kelly..
    If you're not sure about parentage, list the catts in question and I'll help out

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    I think Clint's itching to do more "family trees."

    PS -- I'm assuming Eplc is Epi-Laelio-Catt and would take similar care, but handle higher heat/light?

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    Again, it would depend on the parentage, but generally I would say yes.


    Quote Originally Posted by Shaydra View Post
    I think Clint's itching to do more "family trees."

    PS -- I'm assuming Eplc is Epi-Laelio-Catt and would take similar care, but handle higher heat/light?

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    Neat! Thanks again. My mom got an Eplc Mae Bly and I thought thats what the cross was. (poor thing came with some root damage which has gotten worse... the grower is replacing for free, however. If she keeps both alive, I may inherit one on my next visit.)

    Quote Originally Posted by clintdawley View Post
    Again, it would depend on the parentage, but generally I would say yes.

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    Proslaeliocattleya Mae Bly is Prostechea marie x Sc. Ann Follis. Ann Follis = C. granulosa x Sc. Ethel Merman. Cattleya granulosa is a fairly hot grower, so it might balance out all the Sophronitis genes and grow fairly well outside.





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    Default name changes galore?

    Ok, so does this mean its another name change and isn't Eplc Mae Bly?

    My mom emailed me a picture of the bloom that opened today -- altho, the pbulb below it is turning soft and a little slimy under the paper.... (I told her to cut it off before it spreads.)
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    Take off the outer brownish sarong. That could be the slime part of things.

    If the p-bulb itself is soft or blackened, then you can remove it..but don't go cutting on that thing until you're sure!

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    Yep. It's a Plc now!



    Quote Originally Posted by Shaydra View Post
    Ok, so does this mean its another name change and isn't Eplc Mae Bly?

    My mom emailed me a picture of the bloom that opened today -- altho, the pbulb below it is turning soft and a little slimy under the paper.... (I told her to cut it off before it spreads.)

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