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Cattleya orchid tips turning brown on new growth

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    Default Cattleya orchid tips turning brown on new growth

    Hi Folks,

    My question of the day. I received a "mail order" cattleya. It is blooming size. When I went to check the roots, the plant split in 2. One side has new healthy growth and seems ok after repotting. The other side has shrunken pseudo-bulbs and just a few roots. There are 2 new growths on the plant, but the tips of the growths have turned brown. I've repotted in new medium. Do you think they have a chance or are brown tips a kiss of death?? Does anyone have experience with this scenario??


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    New growth on cattleyas normally begin from the front pseudobulbs and the shrunken back p-bulbs normally serve as the 'reserve' food supply. Since these back bulbs seem to have broken off from the front ones they may still survive and produce new growth from the 'brown' dry-looking eyes.

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    I concur with Cattan, hopefully something miracle to your plant good luck.

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    I wouldn't give up, but would give the plant a seaweed based stimulant to encourage new roots and keep it where it won't be too stressed. I got a one p-bulb start to grow and now it has 11 p-bulbs and has flowered a couple of times. Patience and a little care and there is definitely hope. Even if the current new growth fails, it is entirely possible it will try again while it still has a bit of reserve in it.

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