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Catt- Need guiedence again...

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    Default Catt- Need guiedence again...

    Hi all,

    This is a catt NID that is been living in my mom's backyard for thirty years. Yesterday she ask me a question that I couldn't answer.



    1- How can she separate a piece?

    2- what are those things shown in the pic below? someone told us that those are the seeds...



    If someone has some reading recommendations I'll appreciated...

    thanks for everything,
    Lisa

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    A peice needs to be at least three bulbs,and those things are seedpods.
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    She can divide it, but that thing is a beast and it won't be easy,lol... Imho, each divisiob should have 5 pbulbs
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    Three to five p-bulbs is good practice. It is also important to make sure each division has new eyes or a place where they can develop. To divide, she will probably need a very large knife or machete to cut through all the roots. I bet that one is something when in full bloom. And yes, seed pods.

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    I have nothing to add...just wanted to say WOW! Have fun with that one, want to borrow my hacksaw?? lol Have fun dividing that one, you may need to use an electric saw to just lop off part of the tree with it the way it looks! Did I say WOW yet?!

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    Thank u all for your quick reply... =)

    Yes, it looks so wonderful when in full bloom. I promise to post some pictures the next time she puts on a show.

    About the seed pods, do you guys know about some reading I can do about what to with them?

    Thanks,
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    3-5 psueodbulbs is the recommended minimum for dividing orchids. But for a plant that size, I would suggest taking a division with at least 10 pseudobulbs.
    Your new division will be much happier and healthier when it has a better head start compared to 5 pseudobulbs.

    For a plant that age, the rhizome can be as hard as wooden twigs. Regular pruning scissors might not be tough enough to cut it.
    Last time I had to work on a plant that large, I needed to sterilize a bolt cutter to cut the rhizomes.

    Those fruits are the seed pods. The problem is, in an open air setting you do not know which plant pollinated those flowers.
    But considering the cattleya is a NOID in the first place, it would be a fun project to try to germinate the seeds and see what plants you produce. Fair warning: Even if you succeed, it would take years before you even see flower buds on the baby plants.

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    To catch the seeds of the pods....when they look mature, place a coffee filter over the pod and a twist tie (snug) to hold the seeds. Look around for a shaded place with a huge mound of nice green moss growing on a tree. Shake the coffee filter over the moss...or if you are lucky to have a few mossy trees, shake them over each mossy spot. There is a "symbiotic" relationship between moss and the orchid seeds. This is how it is done in nature. An occasionnal spritzing of the moss with some water with a weak fertilizer mix might help the process along. The other pods, you could send another coffee filter to a lab that will "flask" your seeds and make them into baby plants. A warning though, that's expensive. Besides; it would be interesting to see if they could be transplanted in nature by putting them on mossy trees growing in the right habitat.
    Can you tell I've put some thought into this?? lol I would love to get a flask of Tampenses and Tampenses Alba and put them in the trees around my neighborhood; as they are native to this area.

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