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How long do I wait to fertilize a cattleya?

This is a discussion on How long do I wait to fertilize a cattleya? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I recently repotted my Catt for the first time and am not really sure how ...

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    I recently repotted my Catt for the first time and am not really sure how long I should wait till I use my fertilizer, and tips?

    And I wanted to ask if the leaves of my plant should be....hard? They are stiff and completely unbending. They look great, nice light green color, one has minor scortching when I didn't get home in time to put it away, but is that...normal? I could swear the thing was fake if I hadn't grown it myself.

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    Alana, I wont use fertilizer until the plant has produced new roots. It can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 weeks for the pseudobulbs to produce new roots. You can start using fertilizer at very weak strength (>100 ppm) once the new roots are about 2 inches in length and start becoming white.

    Also it is normal for Catt leaves to be very hard. There are exceptions though, C. quadricolor leaves are very flexible and can be rolled up, it was once a very common way to distinguish quadricolor from other catt species.

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    Thanks, Amey!


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