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Can I repot a cattleya in bloom?

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    Default Can I repot a cattleya in bloom?

    Hi all,

    I am not very comfortable with one of the cattleya I got yesterday because it's in sphag with some bark mixed in and it just seems way too wet. Can I repot it while it is still in bloom without the risk of losing the flowers?

    When should I split it up? It has 7 "mature" pseudobulbs and 2 very new growths (at the same time)?

    Also, there are small 2-4mm rubbery balls in the medium that pop if you squeeze them and release some kind of milky liquid. I've tried to scoop them out one by one but at the risk of releasing the liquid into the medium I have stopped. Anyone know what these are and whether or not they are harmful?

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    Without a photo, it is hard to be certain, but I suspect that those balls are some sort of slow release fertilizer. But that is only a guess.

    If you want to repot this orchid, you can do it with the blooms on it, but take care to not disturb the roots too much. I personally would not divide the orchid unless you think it is too big for you to care for it. The more mature the plant becomes, the more blooms at the same time you will get. With two new growths, you can probably (with proper care) expect to see both of those in bloom at or around the same time.

    I agree about getting it out of the sphagnum. That stuff is death for my orchids the way I water. Best of luck with it.

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    I'd just keep it on the dry side if I wanted my flowers to last as long as they usually do on a plant. Just don't water it too much for the next couple of weeks while you enjoy the flowers.

    While spag is very useful for a lot of genera, I don't use it on catts either...

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    Rubbery balls?! Ewww....

    There's a thread around here somewhere titled 'Grey Bubbles that Pop'. I found something similar in a new phal I'd gotten at a dept store... .. In which, Clint was kind enough to post photos of slime mold.... My popping round things turned out to be mold. That plant was also packed in with sphag on top and some very soggy, stringy bark mix with peat-like substance mixed in all on the bottom. The bubbles were between the sphag and bark-stuff.

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    My first guess would have been fertilizer and since nearly all of the tips of the leaves are brown I would say it is definately on steroids.
    I've repotted it (see other thread for pics).
    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...kyo-magic.html

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    Last edited by Phyrex; July 20th, 2007 at 07:29 PM.

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