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Poor perfomer Cattleya bowringiana

This is a discussion on Poor perfomer Cattleya bowringiana within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hey guys. I have a problem with a Catt. It is Catt. bowringiana. Two years ...

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    Default Poor perfomer Cattleya bowringiana

    Hey guys. I have a problem with a Catt. It is Catt. bowringiana. Two years ago it gave me a beautiful show. Last year the flowers were few, very small and deformed.
    Yesterday my flowers started opening again on a really nice, tall growth. The sheath was nice and big. When the flowers came out - again they were small and deformed. Some had the petals cocked, some never opened completely. I am stumped.
    If I had never seen it bloom nicely I would think it was the breeding but it was capable of a wonderful bloom.
    Any thoughts? I grow it in my basement with my other Catts. and Laelias. I use 400 watt high pressure sodium lights. The plant is stocky looking, looks to be fine but.......
    I feed MSU fertilizer with RO water. I feed weakly weekly.
    My fear is virus. I don't see any evidence on the leaves but ......
    any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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    Might be worth it to test the plant to rule virus in or out. You might also double check your nutrients. I have heard of people having deficiencies with MSU/RO water. It seems MSU is made by a number of companies and may not be as balanced as you think for nutrients. This is all heresay, though-I don't use MSU or RO water.

    Susan

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    I agree with Susan. Also - even if you don't test for virus, try alternating fertilizers. We use two or three different fertilizers (not always the same three). Best of luck!

    Cheers,
    BD

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    I've started changing up my fertilizers too. I've added osmocote for time release, tap water carries micro-nutrients, and I have about three other bottles I rotate so they get a balanced round of nutrients. I've even been known to add a few drops of tomato plant food for fun. lol
    My biggest problem with floofies is the blooming thing too. I am pushing the food and increasing sunlight levels and seeing improvement big time. That and i'm now keeping a regular schedule with bug and fungus treatments.
    Good Luck!

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    Check for a virus but I am suspecting that your fertilizer ppm may be a little high. I use 2 different fertilizers and I fertilize at every watering (very weak dose), since I use RO water. Every once in a while, I flush copiously with pure water. I had the same dilemma years ago and I was fertilizing too much!

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