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This is a discussion on Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; OK Bikerdoc, here's link for you

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    OK Bikerdoc, here's link for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerdoc5968 View Post
    Ok, Ron and Clint, for a beginner like myself, I have some problems growing roots and I know no roots no plant. While both of you say there is a challenge in re-rooting, it almost sounds like it's no big deal. So any chance both of you might share your tips/techniques for rooting otherwise rootless or almost rootless catts?
    I do much like the "Reviving an Old Cattleya Pseudobulb" article who's link was posted for you. Much like the article, I stabilize the plant on the surface of the medium and place it in high humidity, no sun but maybe some early morning sun. I leave it dry for there are no roots to absorb water. I also keep it in a place that I can can keep an eye on it but yet out of the way. Now this current plant is a 10 + growth division. I want it eventually growing in a basket. I stabilized it in a slat basket by running a bamboo stake through a side slat, lower than the medium level, up and over the center of the growths bases and down the other side of the basket through a slat. This one stake was enough to stabilize this plant. If it was a taller plant, I might have run a second stake perpendicular to the first or even another parallel to the first. Roots don't like to develop on a wobbly plant!

    When it comes to resurrecting back bulbs. I am not as fancy as the article. I twist tie an ID tag to the p-bulb and place the p-bulb in an empty clay pot under one of the benches. If it is the time of the year that I am doing quite a bit of potting I end up with a series of back bulbs all sitting in one larger clay pot. At the appropriate time for new growth for this Catt, a dormant bud usually breaks it dormancy. Sometime this can take a whole year to get to this point. Once it has started to develop good roots, I pot it and stabilize it with a stake. I like having at least 3 back bulbs in my division but sometimes a single growth breaks off during potting and they usually sprout as well but it takes much longer to bring it to blooming size.

    For Catts, I find it is no big deal. I am currently putting roots on a Phrag as well but Paphs can be really tough and my success rates with them are not as nice. There are some chids that I take cuttings from aerial growths and then mount or pot up. I am currently trying to get roots on a wonderful Ansellia africanis that a friend gave me a backbulb division of last year. He wasn't sure if it would work but I suspect it will. I am about 2 months away from this species normal growth period...the back bulbs still look good and I have had them stabilized in a pot going on 8 months now. I sure hope this works for it is the alba form of this species...'Garden Party' clone.

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