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Cattleyas won't bloom

This is a discussion on Cattleyas won't bloom within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Newbie here. 6 years ago I bought 5 cattleyas from a well known but now ...

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    Default Cattleyas won't bloom

    Newbie here.

    6 years ago I bought 5 cattleyas from a well known but now defunct grower here in Central Florida. Two of them bloom religiously once a year, but the other three have never bloomed. They stay outside except on cold nights, under the shade of a dogwood tree. They receive dappled sunlight most of the day in the summer, less in the winter.They are all treated the same as regards watering, and I use bloom booster every two weeks.Leaves are pale yellowish green, like the ones that bloom. More light perhaps? I'm about ready to dump them. I have two other orchids type unknown that used to bloom but no longer do in the same place.
    Thank you for your help
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    I have a red one...I think it's red anyways! It was in bud when given to me. I've moved it, repotted it....changed things up. The only success so far has been that it grows fantastically. I find some catt's like wood baskets I find cheap in 2nd hand stores. But the blooming thing? Sometimes they do it when they want to I've been told. Also; I've been told if you've never seen it bloom, there are those with genetic tics that never bloom. That's a reason I don't like to buy plants too young.
    If you figure it out...let me know. lol I am trying to change up their foods and light exposures...if mine do anything interesting I'll let you know.

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    I have one I am beginning to think is a mule grows like mad but no blooms .
    Have another one that was the same until I reduced the amount of light it got .. Gin

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    Hi Stu, if the plants are getting less light in winter, I'd be inclided to move them then to give it more light at that time of the year. Also, if your plants are under a tree, as the tree matures, it does change the light that allows to filter in.. sometimes the canopy thickens up and so the light levels are reduced. Play around with the position of the plants, sometimes half a meter here and there is all it takes to give it more light.

    good luck and good growing.
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    Hi Stu, I second the suggestion for more light. Especially if you are thinking about dumping them - couldn't hurt! I also recommend repotting them. Disturb the roots and place the new growth towards the center of the pot. Remove any old, dead parts and make sure you let them dry completely out before watering. When you do increase the light, do it over a few days so as to get them accustomed to the change. This way you should avoid sunburn. Nine times out of ten, if your orchid is old enough to bloom and it is not blooming, then it is not getting enough light.

    Good luck!

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    Do the orchids have name tags on them?
    Perhaps you have some cattleyas that deviate from the typical cattleya growing conditions.

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    Maybe just try putting it in a different location? Sometimes if I have stubborn catts, I just move them somewhere else, it gives them a bit of a wake up call

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becky15349 View Post
    Maybe just try putting it in a different location? Sometimes if I have stubborn catts, I just move them somewhere else, it gives them a bit of a wake up call
    I do the same but it is usually when I put them next to mulcher, they tend to get the idea...oh yes the mulcher is kept in a higher light situation. Also they may need a higher nitrogen fertilizer during growth periods. (bloom booster has lower nitrogen)

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    I grow mine on the south outside edge of the lathe house. They get lots of light and some sun I have pretty good success blooming them. Most of them are in baskets with lava rock.
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