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Watering Catts in bud

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    Hi all...

    I know we are s'posed to let catt-type orchids dry in between waterings. Do you keep to that, or give them a bit more moisture when in sheath/bud? The reason I ask is that I have had a mini-catt with 1 sheath drying up (the other survived), and a BC with 2 of 3 buds drying up on one spike, and I think I must have let them get too dry or go too long between waterings.

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    We stick to our watering schedule. Let the potting medium dry out, but not to the point where the buds start to dry. The p-bulbs of cattleyas hold water, so your buds should not be drying out because of lack of water. Is there an air or temp issue maybe?

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    If it isn't likely to be water, it might be temp., as the sheath was lost during the summer. The other, where the sheath opened, and buds started--the buds that shriveled were just recently, after I had to bring them in for the winter. It IS dryer in the house than it was all summer (despite trays with water & misting), so maybe that did it.

    I'll try and keep it more humid, and see of that helps the buds in the second sheath do better.

    Thanks!

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    Kathi, good luck with the buds. On this issue I have a question for the gurus. I have a couple of catts which have brown sheaths on what look like perfectly fat & healthy pbulbs that have never done a thing-what is up with that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by remo View Post
    On this issue I have a question for the gurus. I have a couple of catts which have brown sheaths on what look like perfectly fat & healthy pbulbs that have never done a thing-what is up with that?
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    It's called a blind sheath. They can be produced on non-mature pseudobulbs. Some catts produce them when a pseudobulb matures in a non-bloom season for the plant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrey6115 View Post
    It's called a blind sheath. They can be produced on non-mature pseudobulbs. Some catts produce them when a pseudobulb matures in a non-bloom season for the plant.
    Jeffrey, thanks so much for your reply...so what should I do? If anything?
    Remo

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