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View Poll Results: Cut the sheath?

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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; Originally Posted by gerneveyn I removed the sheath on a Catt luteola after the flowers ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerneveyn View Post
    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.
    I'm with you there! I removed a sheath because I thought I got water in it and it was all downhill from there. It could have been coincidence but I will not be taking the chance again!

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    I only snip the sheath if it is filling up with water which will rot the buds. I will make a small snip toward the base just enough to allow the moisture to drain.

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    When I provide assistance to the orchid, it is as a last choice. And then only enough 'help' to minimally fix the issue.

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    I have to cut a corner off my noid Catt. On my very first blooming season I lost the whole sheath full of buds due to excessive moisture. Ever since then once I see that the buds are developing good, I snip the corner. This season I still lose one.
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    I always celebrate when I bloom the entire group of buds without losing any.

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    Actually, sometimes the only thing to do is to manually open or cut the sheath. The same goes for buds - sometimes you just have to help them out to open. This is also something you learn after having a particular plant for some years.

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