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Ctna. Why Not--any need to grow it in a basket?

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    Default Ctna. Why Not--any need to grow it in a basket?

    I got a few more new plants today, one of which is a nice Ctna. Why Not in a basket. Everything else in my order was potted, so I'm wondering if there's some secret about Why Not that it's supposed to be basket-grown. I thought it was a pretty normal Cattleya type, nothing unusual. I'm not into very exposed plants in my conditions -- can't keep my living room humid enough for that sort of thing. Does this plant need a lot of air on the roots or anything like that, or can I put it happily into a regular pot? (It's got a flush of new roots and a couple shoots just starting, so now would even be good timing for a repot.)

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    Yes it likes to be on a drier side, if you pot it up the new growths will be sequentially higher in the pot and finally creep out of it, whereas in a basket with a quick drying medium it will stay longer in the basket. They are really prolific growers and would fill up a relatively correct sized pot very quickly.

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    Many of the smaller cattleya crosses grow very well in baskets or even mounted. But Ctna. Why Not is an easy orchid to grow and it will do well in a pot also as long as the culture is correct. Good luck.

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    Amey -- I have an Lc. Robert Strait 'Islander Delight' that's climbing up noticeably, without being anywhere near too big for its pot. Could that be the issue there? I thought it was probably just the plant's growth habit, but it would be neat if I could get it to behave more by changing its potting.

    It sounds like I could put my Ctna. Why Not in with my rupiculous laelias and treat it similarly -- they get the most light and the most air movement, to help them dry out after watering. Maybe invert a net pot in the center of the pot I put it in, too.

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    Most folks I know do grow this one potted and it does quite well for them.

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    I tried to grow my Why Not in a pot. It put out a lot of new growth and even bloomed, but the roots would form a mat at the top of the pot and never sink into the media. I tried repotting in looser media with the same result, so I finally gave in (why not?) and mounted it. It was my first mount and I was leary of how it would fare since I also grow indoors and struggle to keep humidity up most of the year. But it's been mounted for 8 months now and it seems quite happy now.

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    I noticed that it has a ton of root growth at the top of the medium. I feel like they'll get dried out, and quickly, if I try to go that route, though. Do you have a good clump of moss on top of your Why Not's roots or anything?

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    It grows so beautifully in a basket. http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...os-x-self.html

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    Yes I think it is a response of the plant to grow away from moisture. Also I think it would grow well with your laelia.
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    Amey -- I have an Lc. Robert Strait 'Islander Delight' that's climbing up noticeably, without being anywhere near too big for its pot. Could that be the issue there? I thought it was probably just the plant's growth habit, but it would be neat if I could get it to behave more by changing its potting.

    It sounds like I could put my Ctna. Why Not in with my rupiculous laelias and treat it similarly -- they get the most light and the most air movement, to help them dry out after watering. Maybe invert a net pot in the center of the pot I put it in, too.

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    I grow mine mounted it seems to love it, one of my happier mounted plants, but I grow outdoors.

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