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Should I repot my Cattleya

This is a discussion on Should I repot my Cattleya within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hello to you all! I got this beautiful Cattleya: The flower just dropped today, so ...

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    Hello to you all!

    I got this beautiful Cattleya:
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    The flower just dropped today, so should I repot it, or wait a little longer? Because it looks kind of crowded to me.

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    The date on the tag, which I think is the repot date, says: May 20th 2008.

    Thanks.

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    Stunning bloom.! I would have thought that 2 birds with one stone wouldnt hurt at all. The repot will enable you to assess the health of the root system while at the same time disposing old decaying media (careful with chunks that have been adhered to by the catt root to save damage). have a look at the catt repotting/ hygiene/ cleaning advice in the relevant section to save repeating. New leads often put out a good number of roots each time so im wondering if plant has suffered root rot episodes if it was last rehomed nearly 4 yrs ago! This is corroborated by those thin wire size remains on some roots where the tissues have rotted previously.

    I would certainly give it some maintenance removing old media and dried rotted plant tissues. Gorgeous plant, I wouldnt want to lose it.

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    Generally it is best to hold off repotting until new growth begins. However, if the medium or roots look bad, then a repot is advisable regardless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    Generally it is best to hold off repotting until new growth begins. However, if the medium or roots look bad, then a repot is advisable regardless.
    I agree...while it is best to repot when new growth is starting, I often repot at other times...esp if I have reason to suspect the media might be breaking down or the orchid suffering. In this case, personally, I'd go ahead and repot.

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    The media looks just fine at the moment, also it is comparatively pot bound in a small pot. Until new growth starts you have to water sparingly anyways misting everyother day will be good. Repot when you see a new growth forming and when it is roughly an or so in size.

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    Thanks to you all!!!

    I will do so right-away!

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    I agree with what's been said so far. If the medium looks OK wait for new roots to start growing (probably in the spring) and if the medium has deteriorated you could repot now. don't worry about the fact that the plant looks crowded. Cattleyas grow best when they're underpotted. A pot that's too large can cause problems. I love large classic white cattleyas. Very pretty!

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    lovely Catt. Just gotta love those white ones--soooo elegant. I would wait till spring when the new growth appears. Thanks for sharing your beautiful Catt with us.

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    Great cattleya orchid. Sounds like you have a plan!

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