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Cattleya Over the Edge

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    I'm sure if I looked just alittle bit around this forum, I'd find out the answer to my query. But, I want instantaneous gratification I have 3 situations with some catts: Pic #1 has new roots growing and winter is still with us here in Michigan....can/should this plant be repotted or wait until April/May and warmer temps? The 2nd pic is a plant whose flowers are terminal and I purchased for $1. As you can see it looks "pot-bound". Again, should I wait 'til warmer weather or go ahead and repot now? The 3rd pic is a very large catt also bought for $1 that I'd like to cut and start a new plant....do it now or later? And, just what guidelines do you catt growers use for determining this kind of stuff?
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    First and last picture I would do it now before the roots get long and are damaged during the re-pot . the middle picture I can't tell if it has started a new lead and roots yet if not I would wait till it does, you could make the rhizome cut now but leave it in the pot . Just my 2 cents worth .

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    Thanks Gin. The 3rd pic is the one I want to cut...there are at least 3 or 4 PB's that would go with the doner portion....good idea just cut it and leave it , but for how long?????

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    Hi ,If the third picture I would divide it now before the roots are longer , the back growth should start a new lead , sorry guess I did not read close enough , The cut and leave would not work very well for the 3rd one because of the new roots .
    A dollar that was a good buy Nice looking plants .. Gin

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    I always repot catts regardless of the season when new roots are produced from the lead p-bulb. For me, this produces the best results and the plants don't sulk that long as new roots are growing into new media.

    I'd leave all of your catts intact until they outgrow a 6" pot...then your divisions should have at least three, preferably five, p-bulbs.

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