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Cattleya, Spagh or Bark?

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    Default Cattleya, Spagh or Bark?

    To all the Cattleya orchid people,
    Is it recommended to use spagh moss or fir bark when raising Catts?
    As you can see, the Catt I just purchased is in spagh.
    After it has completed its bloom cycle,is it recommended to repot in bark?
    Thanks in advance...
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    For me, I would repot in a bark mix, Denny. Others may offer a different opinion. Sphag stays too wet for cattleya orchids that like to dry out fast after getting water.

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    I completely agree with Bruce. I would wait until the blooms fade away and then withhold watering just mist every other day. Once you see new growth emerge in spring, you can repot it with bark/Coconut husk chips/LECA etc. By the way the blooms are beautiful !

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    I agree with Bruce. Definitely not sphagnum, Amey has given you some very good alternatives.

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    Thanks BD,
    I guess most wholesale growers grow their orchids in sphag because it makes them more secure when shipping.
    I will wait until all blooms are done and repot in Bark.
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    Thanks for the input,Halloamey. I will follow your advice.
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    Thanks Yew,
    What medium do you use for your Catts,if I may ask?
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    Mine are happy in bark!

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    Devan,
    Thank you for the reply.
    It seems most orchids appear to be happy in bark.
    I guess all orchids that are shipped to retailers are grown in Spagh moss so plant doesn't shift in pot.
    Once the blooming cycle is complete I will repot in bark.
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    If it were my Catt, I'd sacrifice the blooms now and repot before all the roots die in the sphag. I've never had luck with sphag. When you do decide to repot remove all the sphag and dead or broken roots. I use orchid bark for all my orchids. Good luck!

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    I agree with the previous posts. Sphagnum retains too much moisture for cattleyas. Any chuncky medium that dries quickly works for catts.. That could be bark, hydroton (LECA), lava rock, tree fern fiber chunks. By the way, that's a very pretty orchid with lots of nice blooms.

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