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My New Cattleya

This is a discussion on My New Cattleya within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Originally Posted by 78Terp Catts love lots of air to their roots and a good ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78Terp View Post
    Catts love lots of air to their roots and a good drying period between waterings. So a course mix will be best. The course mix does not pack tightly so it allows good air flow and drainage.
    Agree/concur.....thick, "large" size bark/fast drying, minimal water retention. I have a hybrid that I used to try to stick the roots back in the pot all the time.......spent HOURS doing it (almost as much time as I COULD spend clicking on "like" for the various posts in these forums :-)

    End result: they are now climbing out of the pot, going every which way, and I'm allowing them to do their thing, thereby, saving me many, many hours of precious time

    BTW, do NOT assume the pot or media that is with a plant when you get it, are the right ones... Do your own homework unless you purchase from an absolutely trusted seller.

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    Thank you guys so much. Gosh , I wish I knew all this stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdennis14 View Post
    Thank you guys so much. Gosh , I wish I knew all this stuff.
    You will. I have learned so much in the four short months that I have been on this forum.

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    I only wish my memory could hang on to ALL the helpful information that has been offered to me from all of you wise & experience growers. How wonderful it is when we can learn from someone else's mistake! Of course, if we live by Karma, they will learn from OUR mistakes as well

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    I always observed growers here they grew their catt using clay pots and the medium basically broken bricks plus charcoal so far so good. For my self I like to use baskets as I can moving and enjoy them when in flowers, basically the medium were the combination of coconut chips and sphagnum moss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zainal abidin View Post
    I always observed growers here they grew their catt using clay pots and the medium basically broken bricks plus charcoal so far so good. For my self I like to use baskets as I can moving and enjoy them when in flowers, basically the medium were the combination of coconut chips and sphagnum moss.

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    Zainal, AMAZING how some of us resort to many different, new & exotic, (often costly) methods of potting when, in fact, simple broken pieces of bricks, a bit of charcoal, & a clay pot (THE original pot) will do just fine! I'm guilty myself of trying too hard to please the plants/it's more for MYSELF, not for them, their needs are very simple. We are the ones making it complicated. Thank you for presenting this "lost" (for me, anywY) principle of orchid growing.

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