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Cattleya, Spagh or Bark?

This is a discussion on Cattleya, Spagh or Bark? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I go for bark for all my Catt types...however, there is a very well respected ...

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    I go for bark for all my Catt types...however, there is a very well respected grower in my area who grows all of his Catt types in pure sphagnum. It's a bit hotter and drier (as in humidity) where he is and I would venture to guess that he doesn't like to water. In short, generally almost all of us are going to vote for bark. Ultimately, the best media for you depends on your conditions and habits. There are no hard and fast rules. Because of this the hobby is simultaneously fun, frustrating, and incredibly experimental!
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    Very nice flowers and I would prefer bark for the medium.
    Sphag. will make the roots rot badly for catts.
    You can either cut the flowers, or re-pot now, or repot after blooming.
    Good luck and lovely plant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cakedaddy View Post
    ... there is a very well respected grower in my area who grows all of his Catt types in pure sphagnum...
    My friend Mauro in Brazil grow all his Cat in a local sphagnum with great success. But I think that the climate must be suitable for this type of culture.

    I grow my Cattleya and Laelia in a mix of bark (80%), sphagnum and cushion/pillow foam since many years.
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    Thanks Jason,
    I can see where it boils down to the conditions and the watering habits of the care giver.
    I have my first Phalaenopsis that had been given to me, in Spagh and it is doing terrific.
    The roots look so healthy as you can see.
    I have repoted some of my other Phals in bark and I will see how their roots perform in the bark media.

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    Thanks Mary,
    Looks like just about everyone perfers bark over spagh.
    Denny

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    Thanks for the reply Jeff
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