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    Bubbles...??? Can't wait to see the pictures. New one on me. (Or do you mean droplets of syrup? Because they sometimes "sweat" a thick sugary fluid... just a thought.)

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    Thanks for the links, Bruce. I've downloaded the program for windows vista. I'll try it out today.

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    Here is a photo of my cattleya with the bubbly leaves. Any ideas what it could be? I've mounted it on a piece of wood. I had originally mounted it upright, but the new growth's root started growing in the opposite direction to the wood, so I remounted it the other way, with the root towards the wood. Would the bubbles possibly be because of too much heat? It's under a transparent roof, which lets light and heat through, but it doesn't get direct sun. The new growth looks fine so far.

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    Here's the photo of my bubbly cattleya. I hope you can see it ok. The mostly affected leaf is the lowest, closest older leaf. You can see the dark marks, too.
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    I have also added some of my successes. No flowers, just good progress. More cattleyas. Don't know the names. Some bought from supermarkets, so they don't tend to put the names on them. Just say Cattleya. Others I was given. The one on the log is half of a division from a cattleya I am growing in the garage. You can just about see the new shoot coming.
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    Ooohhhaahhhh, man those bulbs look thirsty, the leaves are too dark and wrinkly on the one that is on the horizontal log. All this translates into too low humidity, too little light. The roots are dry as parchment to my eyes, and I am rather new to cattleyas.

    Since I got mine I had a bunch that had huge root problems, in my environment I had the least success with moss. Well soaked orchid potting medium mixed with clay pellets and epiweb in net pots seems to do the trick. And if I were you I would move them somewhere where they get more sun, the colour you are looking for is a green that is rather pale, like spring fresh leaves. Dark green is a no no with most orchids, it means they want more.

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    I'm sure the cattleya specialists will come in soon and give you some ideas, I shall keep an eye on this forum coz diagnostic is my forte, the treatment I leave to the more experienced growers

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    Thanks, petslayer, for advice on dry roots. I'll see what I can do. You see, I live in quite a humid area of brazil, although tropical and hot. I imagine that, as most cattleyas are native to the area where Iive, they shouldn't need so much fussing. And, as I hang my washing to dry near them, and it rain nearly every day, the air is quite humid. What do you think of the new roots on the other cattleya? That's what you ought to go by, because the older roots are from the treatment before I bought them, I.e supermarket drought. Concidering there are new pseudobulbs growing on both cattleyas, which are both hung in the same place, I think it's just a matter of time for them to recover. It's difficult to get the balance right on the watering, isn't it? Or is it just me?
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    Here in England, under glass, in an artificial environment, I would not attempt to mount cattleyas- they are big and beefy- but you are in Brazil, so I guess you should be OK. We need folk in Brazil to tell us about how they do it... Laura is right- your pbulbs are giving all they've got and shrivelling: not humid enough. And like she says, catts need brighter light.. I wish I could help more.

    I get good results in my suspended pots, but if I lived in Sao Paolo like you, I would want to grow them mounted too! So just hang in there and don't give up! I know they grow catts like this in Brazil... (and the bubbles: I have NO idea! Not a sausage.)

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