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Cattleya sheath and potting delemma

This is a discussion on Cattleya sheath and potting delemma within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Not sure this plant is going to flower. If this is a sheath, I haven't ...

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    Default Cattleya sheath and potting delemma

    Not sure this plant is going to flower. If this is a sheath, I haven't seen much activity. So if any one can clarify if this is about to flower and if so how long does it take?

    Second, after it flowers I am wondering what would be the best way to repot. It is in a 6 inch pot and with all the roots I am not sure there is a pot that will be large enough. Any ideas?Name:  IMG_1202.jpg
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    My guess is that this will flower later in the year as it cools for you. I would not repot until after the winter, even if you think you should.
    The roots growing on the outside will not affect the health of the plant and should be left alone until repotting.
    If you are happy with this plant you could simply pot into a bigger pot when due or divide but after the flowering.

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    Yes, this is a sheath.
    Depending on the parentage of your hybrid, buds can develop in the sheath later, even in a dry sheath.
    There are active roots, you can repot now if you want.

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    i actually feel sorry for the plant if the pot is too tiny,.. regardless the health and other factors,... solely based on feeling,.... as if it screams for it,..

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    But I read that when you repot it postpones the flowering of the plant. If a sheath only means that the plant will flower, wouldn't potting decrease the chance that it will flower? I was hoping the growth of a sheath would mean it would flower soon.

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    By the way when I do repot with this being a 6 inch pot, I do not think it will fit in a 8 inch pot or even a 10 inch considering the large amount of roots. What to do?

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    i'm new to this, seniors pls correct me if i'm wrong,.. i personally would custom made something to become a pot to fit the roots,.. something easy to find that works,.....
    logically when it's recommended to repot to a one size bigger pot once in 2 years is probably because usually that size is enough for the roots for another 2 years growth.....
    but maybe there is an exception if most of the roots are already out from the pot,....
    then again it is not an urgency since the plant is healthy..

    btw,.. would you share me the tips and tricks on how you make the roots grow that much? what fertilizer and hormon?
    would love to know,..

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    I've had overgrown plants like this if you don't want to repot it now just make sure when you water the outside roots get a good misting or soak.

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    the size pot being used should just be large enough to handle two years worth of new growth. Anything larger tends to lead to rot problems from not drying fast enough. When you go to repot soak the roots in some warm water and they will be more flexible to be able to get them into the new pot

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    I would look up the bloom season of that species or hybrid and if it hasn't started a bud in the sheath by the time it is supposed to flower, I would wait until the newest growth just barely starts to grow roots (when they are tiny green nubs) and I would unpot it and divide it. All repotting of cattleyas should be at this time-when roots are just starting to grow. Also- roots that grow in the air are likely to rot away when placed in a pot because they have adapted to be in the air, so you will need the plant to be staring new roots to replace these or you could try mounting the lead division. Make sure your divisions have a minimum of 4 growths. Also- although these places are a lot of fun for people to show off their plants, most of them are beginners and not all of them give good advice. Even books sometimes have bad information, but for the most part, I've read a few great books on growing orchids. I'll have to re read the rules before I can publicly list titles, but I would suggest getting a few books on orchid culture. There is even a really good one that is all about the 12 large flowered Cattleya species. I think I sounded kind of cranky when I suggested the book- anyway, I really did mean that these places are great and it makes me so happy that there are so many people getting interested in growing orchids and I think it's wonderful that orchid people have a place to come and talk about their hobby when there are probably few or no people in your "real life" to help you. I stopped coming to forums a long time ago after I got tired of trying to find answers on the internet for highly advanced questions regarding things like light spectrum, forcing roots on orchids, telling the difference between rhizoctonia or pythium, phytopthera etc. I couldn't find these answers in books either so I started reading scientific papers and contacting professional growers and extension offices. Anyway, the reason I suggest books in addition to forums is because you have most of the information you will ever need within arms length. You don't have to wait for someone to respond when you have an urgent issue and you will make far fewer mistakes and kill fewer plants, and eventually you will be able to help other new growers like other growers have helped you. I think we can never have enough information and the more you learn, the more you will realize you don't know, and the more you will learn after that. Good luck with that cattleya. I'd love to know how it is coming along.

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    I never re-pot my catts when they are busy, hopefully trying to make a spike. When you re-pot when they are working, they have to divert their energy to the new pot and and roots. It is happy as it is or it would not be sprouting. Wait! Enjoy the flower, and then re-pot!

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