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My Catt Experiment

This is a discussion on My Catt Experiment within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi guys! so, it's been about two months and I decided to check on my ...

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    Hi guys!
    so, it's been about two months and I decided to check on my catts and see how the experiment was going. First, let me apologize for the blurry pics. I just couldn't get my old camera to take a good picture, so you probablly won't be able to make out much. but I'll post them anyway. As you might recall, I potted three identical Catts in three different mediums to see which thrived and which suffered. I used moss, coconut husks and aliflor as my three mediums. All other variables were constant with the exception of water. I watered the moss and coconut much less frequently given the amount of absorption they carry. All three plants are in ceramic pots (glazed on the outside but not on the inside) and all three are given the same amount of light. Here are the results. the Catt potted in aliflor (pictured farthest to the left) has been the biggest success. It has put out a healthy new leaf, and it has grown at least eight very healthy and green roots. It is also the largest of the three (they were all the same size at the beginning. Surprisingly, the Catt potted in S. Moss (pictures farthest to the right) came in at a close second to the aliflor. You might be able to make out a new lead, and it has five to six new and healthy roots. This plant has also grown considerably in size and is just a touch smaller than the first. The third plant (pictured in the middle) did not do so well. It was potted in the coconut husks (I know I know..you guys told me it wouldn't work. But there's a certain validity in finding out these things for yourself). This plant's roots look pretty bad. It is trying to put out one new root, and that one looks healthy and promising. The new root was growing at the very surface of the potting medium, apparently trying to escape the moisture of the coconut. After viewing the plants, I've decided to repot all of them in perilite. hopefully the one unhealthy one will bounce back in this new medium. I tried not to disturb the plants too much as I didn't want the repotting to stunt their growth cycle, so I was very careful to keep any trauma to a minimum (with the exception of the loser, who I groomed and trimmed to get rid of rot). So there you go. I think the experiment was a success. I like the fact that I discovered the best way myself (even though I take all of your advice to heart and find it irreplaceable). Ok, I'll post the pics. The first is of all three. the second is of the perilite Catt. The third is of the unhealthy one in Coconut, and the fourth is of the one in S. Moss. Again, so sorry for the quality. I hope you can make out something with these pics. Thanks again for all of your advice!
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    Great Experiment! Glad to see you followed through and posted the results. Different mediums work for different plants and different evironments. I hope that your results will hold true for any future additions

    THANKS AGAIN

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    Thanks for sharing all of your info, nabakov. Since it has been so wet and humid down here this summer I have taken some of my Catts out of the bark and transfered them to lava rock and charcol, they seem to be responding positivly. We will see.
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    Great experiment... and really, if nothing else, it's always just fun to try out new things...

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    Nice followup, Cat! Thanks!

    I thought you were getting a fourth plant to try in bark...did that not happen?

    One thing worth mentioning for anyone using sphag in larger pots, whether for Cattleyas, or not, is that the sheer mass of the wet sphag in a larger pot can weigh it down, eliminating the air pockets that make it such a good medium.

    I don't use if for Catts, but for other genera, as the pot size goes up, I mix increasing amounts of Perlite in to try and help maintain those air pockets.

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    Hi Julie!
    good memory. actually, I did buy a fourth plant and put it in bark. However, soon after buying it I noticed that it had a small sheath forming and now it is in full bud. I decided not to include it in the results because of this. I figured that since the plant was expending energy on buds that I wouldn't be able to make a "scientific" comparison with the other three. Plus, I didn't want to disturb the plant while it is trying to bloom. However, from what I can tell, it likes the bark. I have been watering that one the same way that I watered the two in husks and moss, being careful not to overwater and leaving lots of time for a thourough drying out. Despite the fact that both the Catt in moss and the Catt in bark seem to be doing so well, I still prefer the aliflor simply because it allows me to water frequently, which is something I like. (It drives me crazy to have to stay away from my plants). Plus, the aliflor makes it VERY easy to check on roots since the medium is so free. You can pull the plant out of the aliflor and put it back in without disturbing the roots at all. the aliflor just falls away (except for the ones that the roots have attached to), and I dig that.
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    Excellent! An experiment and a bloom to boot! Couldn't be better!

    Be sure to post the pics of the new arrival!

    Julie

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    as a side note, most of my catts are in coconut chunks. For me it works well

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    The fourth Catt. that was banished from the experiment due to size/growth is now in bloom. She's gorgeous. Beautiful purple stripes on a deep yellow/gold base. And the plant itself is just lovely. Have a look.
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