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rehydrating cattleyas

This is a discussion on rehydrating cattleyas within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Originally Posted by yvonni ok I'll start from the beginning . I bought this plant ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by yvonni View Post
    ok I'll start from the beginning . I bought this plant at the end of jan . the seller repotted right there for me . then I noticed that every time I watered it small bugs came out .so after it fell over a few times I decided to repot . it had a piece of coconut fibre that the few existing roots were planted in . thought that was where the bugs lived so tossed that away then I planted it in some coarse bark mix in a clay pot . didn't know if it was getting enough air since the pot only had one hole so created a pot for it and took it out of the bark and placed it in hydroton (since I keep this one outside ) and did a kinda semi hydro thing with it. as for the roots it is now growing new roots and a new growth. I was just wondering if there was something I could do to help the pbs but you say they most likely won't return to the way they were so I don't know . I can't seem to get the pics loaded will keep trying .thank you guys for your help
    Hi - yes, anything that has rapid drainage should be good for it - to check, drench the plant under running water to see if the water will run quickly out of the bottom hole - often, a pot with only one hole can become a slow rainer and catts HATE to sit in water. That said, when youDO water it, do it thoroughly - soak and let it drain at least 3 times - them thenit dry out completely before soaking it again. Your newest pseudobulb looks pretty good, but I would be a bit concerned about the bugs that crawled out. First of all, have you made sure they didn't crawl into the orchids surrounding them? Second, repotting it should help get rid of the bugs, but they could well have already laid eggs and/or have larvae in and around the roots or anywhere else they can hide. I would seriously consider treating your new catt, along with any others near it with an insecticide. Bugs can do some serious damage to tender growth in a very short time - and they're very mobile.

    The bud in your photo looks very pretty - good luck!

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    thanks for the advice tucker85 . when I bought it though the pseudobulbs were actually quite nice , that's why I bought it in the first place but I guess I didn't do something I should have or did something wrong , but thanks for your advice anyway ,I have started to mist a bit not twice a day and not everyday . that would be a bit difficult I think , for me anyway

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    also mauraec I did spray it for the bugs and gave it a bleach water bath so I think that should have taken care of anything that was in there anywhere . as for other plants being affected , it was never really in close proximity to any of the others , but they were sprayed also just to be sure . they were weird looking bugs though like quarter cuts of a small caterpillar but they didn't creep they crawled like roaches. I think I got rid of them though but thanks for your advice .

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    The plant has suffered from being repotted very frequently and disturbed at the roots (three times in 2 months) so it is bound to happen, the older roots must have died from the shock so the plant used the reserves from the old pseudobulbs to nourish its new growth, thats why they shrink. Don't worry the new growths will be healthy and fine unless you disturb it again.

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    This is the time of year that Catt types should be repotted. They are putting out new roots and will reestablish, quickly.

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    thanks Amey , I think your right about the stress and I don't plan to disturb it again anytime soon .and it really is doing ok right now , I just thought like phals you could get the leaves to perk back up with a little hydration or something . thanks to you also Cathy .

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