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Time to divide these catts? Opinions and tips wanted!

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    Default Time to divide these catts? Opinions and tips wanted!

    Hello everyone!
    I had mentioned in a previous thread that I was thinking about dividing 2 of my cattleyas soon. I would really love some feedback and tips. I prefer smaller plants so it's nagging at me. When they get so many pb's, I find it to be unruly. Also, with the smaller bulbs, it's hard to see what's going on when there are so many.
    I have to admit that I'm terrified of dividing these plants. I'm pretty new to cultivating cattleyas and I've never divided one of my own catts before. This is a really big deal to me. Like all of you, I'm extremely attached to my plant babies. I've read a ton about dividing (and culture in general) but to me, feedback from experienced growers is the most valuable information available. That being said, I'd love to hear from you guys and welcome all of your input.

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    In my opinion, the size is not that big to divide. I would keep it as is. if forced to divide, divide atleast 3-4 pseudobulbs a division.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksriramkumar View Post
    In my opinion, the size is not that big to divide. I would keep it as is. if forced to divide, divide atleast 3-4 pseudobulbs a division.
    Hiya! It's a bit deceptive because they're small, compact plants. However, the first one has about a dozen or more pbs... it's kinda driving me crazy! The second one has little growths all over the place, I wasn't sure if I wanted to mess with that yet...but it is also making me crazy...lol!

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    Usually it is a candidate for division if the medium is broken or if it starts to grow outside the pot. given that these are mini's you could take all together and mount on a piece of hardwood or a tree if you have one.

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    They don't look like they are ready to repot yet, the medium looks quite new and fresh. Yes, they are large enough, but I wouldn't do it until they need to be repotted, because repotting is stressful, I don't do it unless I need to. The first one could easily be three plants of decent size. I can't see the second one as well. If you want blooming, get 4 - 5 pbulbs in each division and once they recover from repotting and dividing, they'll be large enough to bloom. I'm more of specimen type grower, I like large plants. I find they bloom better and have more reserves if something goes wrong. It doesn't bother me that they are untidy, I like wild! Be careful to work with them when they are starting new roots, that will allow the new plants to establish better and improve your chances of successful starts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolla View Post
    They don't look like they are ready to repot yet, the medium looks quite new and fresh. Yes, they are large enough, but I wouldn't do it until they need to be repotted, because repotting is stressful, I don't do it unless I need to. The first one could easily be three plants of decent size. I can't see the second one as well. If you want blooming, get 4 - 5 pbulbs in each division and once they recover from repotting and dividing, they'll be large enough to bloom. I'm more of specimen type grower, I like large plants. I find they bloom better and have more reserves if something goes wrong. It doesn't bother me that they are untidy, I like wild! Be careful to work with them when they are starting new roots, that will allow the new plants to establish better and improve your chances of successful starts.
    Hiya Carol!
    I'm so bad.... I recently re-potted them. I always re-pot a new plant because of the horrors I've found when I've waited...lol! I was in a hurry sol I couldn't divide them at the time. To be honest, I'm just greedy and I want more flowers! I will heed your advice and leave them be!

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