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    Exclamation Cattleya Trouble:(

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Size:  13.8 KBI bought this orchid from boxstore about a year ago. It is not doing well, so I repotted it and few days ago. It is now in a course fir bark and perlite mix from gubbler. I cut off all the roots, because they were rotted Now it only has three aerial roots with another one growing.
    Sorry, I'm not good at taking care of orchids that much, but I'm trying... Also, what is the weird growth protruding from the orchid? Thanks, a lot

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    Hey, have you got a larger photo? That will help wonders!

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    If the pseudobulbs are plump I wouldn't water especially has it doesn't have any roots. It's pointless watering if roots aren't present. Just don't water for at least a month when I hope that you will see some roots developing from the rhizome.

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    Hey, have you got a larger photo? That will help wonders!
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    I hope this one works better

    If the pseudobulbs are plump I wouldn't water especially has it doesn't have any roots. It's pointless watering if roots aren't present. Just don't water for at least a month when I hope that you will see some roots developing from the rhizome.

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    Okay, thanks

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    You have a new growth on that Expect to see new roots forming shortly. Cattleya roots die off after each season, as the roots from new growths begin to grow.

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    As you have a new growth you can stimulate root growth by lightly moist the media now and then. But you have to let it dry up in between as you should not keep the media wet as it will brake down very fast.

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    You have it potted too deep. The rhizome should be visible above the medium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwiorchids View Post
    Cattleya roots die off after each season, as the roots from new growths begin to grow.
    That is not a hard and fast rule, Jordi. My catts typically do not lose their roots seasonally -- I'd be worried if they did.

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    You have it potted too deep. The rhizome should be visible above the medium.
    Form the looks of the photo, the rhizome is not that far under -- appears to be barely covered. I wouldn't worry about it, personally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    That is not a hard and fast rule, Jordi. My catts typically do not lose their roots seasonally -- I'd be worried if they did.
    All of mine do, they actually normally live for a season or two, then the older roots on the older growths dry off and stop working.

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