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Growing a Cattleya from backbulb

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    Hello! Just want to ask...is it possible to grow a cattleya using backbulb?

    I got cattleya orchid backbulbs for free from an agri-industrial fair yesterday. There are four seemingly healthy backbulbs with no leaves. Some of the roots were really old and dried up but there were roots which were still looking fine. Is it still possible for it to have new growths or is it entirely hopeless? Shall I try to revive it or just simply throw it away?

    If there is still hope, what can I do to make it grow?

    Thanks!

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    Yes you can. Make up a pot, using your normal cattleya set up, then put a stick in and tie the pbulb so that just the bottom is against your potting material. Keep this pot in a semi shady area with high humidity and keep it warm. It will take awhile for a new healthy plant to grow. But it can be done. Do not give the little babies fertilizer, but spray for fungal/bacterial infections. Once the plant is large enough you can begin treating it like a regular Cattleya again. If you want to give them something, mix a tablespoon of honey with warm water and put in a spray bottle. Only use after you have watered. Spray the plant a little, or after roots have appeared, pour a little on the roots while they are still wet.

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    Thank you very much Connie! I am glad to know that I won't be throwing this cattleya away. Your tips will help a lot!

    I forgot to ask, how often should I water it? I water the healthy cattleyas twice a week, but I have no idea about the new pbulbs that I got. Should I water it every other day? Thanks!

    I have replanted the cattleya backbulbs in this netted basket.

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    I prefer using netted baskets for my cattleyas instead of plastic or clay pots... I don't know why but I usually end up killing them when I use plastic or clay pots.
    I have noticed that one of the pbulbs is starting to turn a bit brown. I don't have any idea on how it got that brownish area. Can anyone give some tips on how to cure this?

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    Thanks!

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    if the dryness is not wet then could be drying up due to lack of humidity. if it is wet then could be a bacterial infection. use physan 20

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    You should water normally for a smaller catt...every 3-4 days. The original pbulbs are going to look awful, but act like a battery for the new growth. It may look adult, but the new growth will be smaller until it gets a couple new pbulbs grown and should be treated like a juvenile. It will be very susceptible to bugs and rot so be careful with them and keep up on your spraying. Your set up looks fine...best of luck!

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    about the dryness... I have watered it only once after I got it... and I think it really looks thirsty.
    I water my healthy cattleyas once a week but since it is getting hotter in our place, I had to water them twice a week. Should I water it more frequently? How about misting it daily?

    Thanks!

    (by the way, sorry for the photos...I don't know why they ended up like that.)

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    You should water normally for a smaller catt...every 3-4 days. The original pbulbs are going to look awful, but act like a battery for the new growth. It may look adult, but the new growth will be smaller until it gets a couple new pbulbs grown and should be treated like a juvenile. It will be very susceptible to bugs and rot so be careful with them and keep up on your spraying. Your set up looks fine...best of luck!

    Thank you very much!
    The cattleya looks a bit thirsty. Can I mist it everyday or should I stick with the 3-4 days interval?

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    As long as there is at least one undeveloped eye, you can grow a cattleya from a backbulb.

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    Thanks for the replies!
    I have the cattleya repotted for about 10 days now. I am worried since the catt looks really dried up (no new growth, not even new roots). Will it be better if I switch to water culture?

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