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This sheath won't produce a flower...right?

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    Post This sheath won't produce a flower...right?

    This is my first Cattleya orchid (Pot Samantha Duncan 'Orange Tart'), and it's been growing happily in my windowsill for the past 4 months. It's a young plant in a 2 inch pot, and was listed as nbs when I got it, so, I wasn't expecting it to put up any sheaths this year, let alone for those sheaths to have something in them. But clearly the plant had other ideas!

    I know that sheaths don't always produce flowers, but what are the chances that this little one will bloom for me? I'm trying to contain my excitement

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    I would say that chances are good. Your orchid looks healthy so there's no reason why it can't bloom. When cattleyas are too young or too small to bloom, they don't form sheaths at all. Many cattleyas bloom in the fall and winter, although there are some summer bloomers also. Continue to care for the plant like you've been doing and when the blooming season for that particular hybrid arrives you may very well see buds forming in the sheath. Good luck.

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    Looks like a healthy cattleya orchid, so I'd say it is a possibility.

    cheers,
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    thats a large new pb...no reason why it wont flower.......hit it fert weekly weakly.......beef it up for those blooms and try to keep temp......humidity.... stable...dont move around the plant(no pics in ur hands till blooms open).....cant wait to see pics

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    And if the sheath doesn't bloom anytime soon, that won't necessarily mean anything. I've had some types of catts remain in sheath for most of a year before blooming.

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    Thanks everyone for the replies! I'll continue to care for it as normal and (patiently) keep my fingers crossed. And, if it does decide to bloom, I'll certainly post an update!

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    Keeping my fingers crossed for you to see a bloom.

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    As promised, an update! This little plant made quick work of that sheath - here is a very happy little bud, taken 8/14

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    And, I'm sure this is 'old hat' for you more experienced growers, but I find the interlocking tabs on the bud absolutely fascinating! It almost looks like it was made in a factory, intended to hold the bud closed until blooming time...


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    Excellent! Please give us another photo when it's fully open.

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    Good going! Let's see it when it fully opens!

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