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Blc. Cattleya Repotting

This is a discussion on Blc. Cattleya Repotting within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by Cjcorner Thanx everyone, picked up the hanging fern lined basket today...now if ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    Thanx everyone, picked up the hanging fern lined basket today...now if I can find lava rock....would charcoal suffice????
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    Nope - not the same properties. You should be able to find lava rock at any of the big home stores.

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    Goodness, isn't that orchid beautiful.

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    I've grown a couple of catts in the type of basket you're talking about. Your medium depends on where you're going to put the plant. If it's protected from the rain you can use any large medium that will allow plenty of air to the roots. If you're going to have it outside it can be exposed to weeks of continuous rain here in Florida. In that case you need a medium that won't break down like, lava rock, hydroton or sta-lite. I wouldn't use pure charcoal. Charcoal is good to have in the mix but it retains no moisture at all. The rock mediums retain a little moisture but dry fairly quickly. I use hydroton (the little clay balls) with about 10% charcoal. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tucker85 View Post
    I've grown a couple of catts in the type of basket you're talking about. Your medium depends on where you're going to put the plant. If it's protected from the rain you can use any large medium that will allow plenty of air to the roots. If you're going to have it outside it can be exposed to weeks of continuous rain here in Florida. In that case you need a medium that won't break down like, lava rock, hydroton or sta-lite. I wouldn't use pure charcoal. Charcoal is good to have in the mix but it retains no moisture at all. The rock mediums retain a little moisture but dry fairly quickly. I use hydroton (the little clay balls) with about 10% charcoal. Good luck.
    That was originally posted 4 years ago...since then i've developed my own potting style. These days I buy a mix used by the local nurseries bought in bulk and primarily repot into baskets or clay pots. Any cattleya that doesn't do well in that mix gets mounted onto plain wood and sits near the misting section. Thanks though...this was posted back when I was just beginning to "collect".

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