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I'm a survivor

This is a discussion on I'm a survivor within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Squirrels had a (destructive) field day when some of my orchids were outside on the ...

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    Squirrels had a (destructive) field day when some of my orchids were outside on the window ledge late Summer ... I had just bought a Catt, as a test to see if I could grow Catts in my apartment. The squirrels cut it in half, ate all the roots, some leaves and dropped it down from the 4th floor where I live.

    I followed John (aka Wetfeet)'s article on the "rootless wonders" word for word and my Catt has since put out a new growth and it looks like there is another one on the way on the other half (I potted both halves together).

    The new growth looks purplish to me and my question is,
    Is it getting too much light? Or is it normal.
    I looked at pics of Catts' new growths on the forum and they all look green ...

    Thanks!
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    Laurent,

    Mostly red, pink, purple catts get this "blush" on their newest growths..I don't think you are giving it too much light on a windowsill...especially this time of year in NYC.

    You've got some new roots coming Thanks a great sign!

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    I agree with Clint

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    Yikes, those little rats with fluffy tails!! how are they getting up there? i have the same coloring on new growth of some of my catts. never seen the flowers but the others catts in the same location have purely green growth. one of those with the green growth, i know has white flowers. so i'm thinking the logic holds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherublace View Post
    Yikes, those little rats with fluffy tails!! how are they getting up there?
    I live in an 1860's brownstone, lots of "architectural details" on the front of the building, around windows etc ... Therefore perfect pathways and climbing surfaces for the bushy tailed rats.

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    didn't you say once you had cats? i guess new york squirrels are concerned about cats glaring through windows! maybe you need a meaner looking cat!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherublace View Post
    didn't you say once you had cats? i guess new york squirrels are concerned about cats glaring through windows! maybe you need a meaner looking cat!!
    Yes I have 2 cats that were pretty useless in that case, unless the squirrels know that they are safe on the other side of a window screen!

    The good thing though is that all of the "attacked" plants are recovering. The only casualty is a laelia that the squirrels unpotted and took away!

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    Wink Purple Haze !!

    Hey Laurent,one of my Catts outside Blc.Mickeys Freckles x L.Pururata has a Purple kiss on its leaves and pseudobulbs.Just after I brought it home it blasted the blooms the next day.It has a white bloom w/purple lip & purple stripes on the petals.I thought I share.I'm still have a few issues w/fuzzy rats still.Mostly on my dens.new growth.All my catts. are up higher.They are safe so far. Take care Rich
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    Hey look its a squirel feeder...

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    Rich, this is a beautiful plant, it looks so healthy and I love the color of the foliage.

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