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P-bulb growth droplets

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    Default P-bulb growth droplets

    Hi all,

    I have a new p-bulb growing on one of my Cattleyas and it's about the size of the nail on my index finger. I've just noticed that it's shiny and there's some kind of (assumed) sticky substance on it. It's exactly like the droplets that sit under the base of a cattleya flower? Can anyone tell me if this is normal and what I should do about it?

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    In the absence of pests (aphids, scale, etc.), this is known as "Happy Honey".


    Quote Originally Posted by Phyrex View Post
    Hi all,

    I have a new p-bulb growing on one of my Cattleyas and it's about the size of the nail on my index finger. I've just noticed that it's shiny and there's some kind of (assumed) sticky substance on it. It's exactly like the droplets that sit under the base of a cattleya flower? Can anyone tell me if this is normal and what I should do about it?

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    What you should do about it? Keep doing what you're doing because your plant loves it.

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    I don't use pesticides on my indoor catts, so every time I see this I take a big ol' lick of the pseudobulb. It tastes like corn syrup.

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    I'm not sure if I would go as far as to taste it. I'm not a fan of fertilizer (at least not that much).

    Thanks for the replies though. It always freaks me out when something new happens that I've never seen before (regardless of it being good or bad).

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    I've heard of being loving and talking to your plants.....but licking??? I haven't tried that one yet, although it works great with the hubby. lol
    Connie

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    I was thinking the same thing.... Someone loves their plants a little too much, maybe.

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    Good old honeydew... new growths, new sheaths, new buds, flowers - they all get honeydew drops. I tend to gently remove it if it gets too heavy, just because I am afraid it will attract pests.

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    Be careful there. Some species are known to have hallucinogenic properties.

    Quote Originally Posted by clintdawley View Post
    I don't use pesticides on my indoor catts, so every time I see this I take a big ol' lick of the pseudobulb. It tastes like corn syrup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wetfeet101b View Post
    Be careful there. Some species are known to have hallucinogenic properties.
    So THAT explains Clint's little tag lines.....

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