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View Poll Results: Cut the sheath?

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  • No! Let nature run it's course!

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Cut the sheath on catts? Thoughts, pro's & cons~

This is a discussion on Cut the sheath on catts? Thoughts, pro's & cons~ within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; The sheath is nature's protection to the very vulnerable developing buds. Cutting must surely run ...

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    The sheath is nature's protection to the very vulnerable developing buds. Cutting must surely run a risk - e.g. infection via the raw surfaces at the least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78Terp View Post
    I have had petals and sepals that didn't split on their own so I would help them along. Often allowing the flower to open fully.

    Until the sheath is full (the buds all the way to the top of the sheath, I wouldn't do anything. Let it show you if it will push thru it on its own or not. If it doesn't, I would give it a hand.

    Looks like 5 buds to me!
    Harvey, please help!

    They're not opening all the way. How do I fix it??



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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    The sheath is nature's protection to the very vulnerable developing buds. Cutting must surely run a risk - e.g. infection via the raw surfaces at the least.
    Yes, that's why I was hesitant to mess with it. Though much of what I read indicates that this is common practice. They're getting pretty close to the top now so I shall wait and see if intervention is needed!

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    Use your fingers and gently pull apart the petals from the sepals. The are ready to split but just need a little help. Give it a try. The worst is a damaged flower. If your touch it too harsh, you will learn over time when you keep helping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78Terp View Post
    Use your fingers and gently pull apart the petals from the sepals. The are ready to split but just need a little help. Give it a try. The worst is a damaged flower. If your touch it too harsh, you will learn over time when you keep helping.
    Thank you Harvey! I'm a little spazzy & anxious tonight so I will do it tomorrow when I have a steadier hand. Rough day, I'm afraid to touch anything, especially my beloved plants! It's a good thing my parents took the kiddo tonight!

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    I would say let them do it thing. my galeopetalum lip was folded a lot so I was thinking it will just stay this way but it did opened up and flatten the way it should be

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    Quote Originally Posted by chemist View Post
    I would say let them do it thing. my galeopetalum lip was folded a lot so I was thinking it will just stay this way but it did opened up and flatten the way it should be
    How long did it take? I don't know how long I should wait...hmmm

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    About week - one and a half

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    I have updates! It was a really crazy week so I have much to catch up on around here....
    The blooms I posted about last week never opened properly so I guess they were on their way out, which stinks because I really wanted to see it in all it's glory! Better luck next bloom! Regarding my original post about cutting the sheath... I let nature take it's course......





    I'm pretty stoked about this guy!

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    I was going to put this in another thread but figured why bother since we're talking about 'cutting things'

    Anyway, received this division in a trade...



    So should I cut the whole leaf right above the pb? (yes I will dust cut with cinnamon )

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    not required to cut the full leaf. cut a few cms after the browning and just dress the open wound with cinnamon. ensure that cinnamon powder does not get in contact with roots.

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    I removed the sheath on a Catt luteola after the flowers opened and immediately regretted it because the sheath was providing support to the flower stems. I try not to remove anything until it turns brown.

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