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Crowded Catts

This is a discussion on Crowded Catts within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I have two questions that have kept me wondering for some time now. 1. The ...

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    I have two questions that have kept me wondering for some time now.

    1. The catt in the picture has not grown in a straight line but it looks like it has been circling around itself. Do they decide themselves when it's to crowded or do I? I'm worried some of the p-bulbs are getting crushed?

    2. When I got it from the store I re-potted it into bark right away but I did not bathe it to remove the remaining sphag. Now, there is a bit of sphag left in just under the clump of p-bulbs and I'm worried that it will start to rot because I obviously water more frequently with the bark than with the sphag? Is this worry justified and should I quickly pull it out of the pot, rinse the roots under the p-bulbs and get on with it or should I wait for the baby to grow up a bit since it might be affected by the sudden change?

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    I'm not really experienced enough to really give you answers, although I don't think it looks too crowded yet. I just wanted to chime in on what a lovely healthy little plant that is. Nice Job....
    Connie

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    1. This trait is known as "compactness" and I prefer it to a rhizome that creeps along an inch or two before throwing up a new p-bulb. Your catt looks fine. It's a genetic trait and nothing will be "crushed".

    2. It depends on how much spag. If there is a lot, root rot could result and you're better off correcting the problem now than later when rot is evident.

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    that is a good thing! I would prefer a plant that is compact like that.

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    For question #1: That is fine. It is nowhere near "crushing" yet. You have plenty of space all around the sides of the plant and they have a lot of wiggle room to allow the new growths to expand.
    *You have seen the old cattleya plant that I restored. Now that is the crushing point of crowdedness. New leads literally have no gaps to squeeze through in between the tangled mess.

    For question #2: It depends on how much spagh is left. If it is just a few strands, then there is no problem. If it is more than 20% of the volume of the entire potting media then it should probably be cleaned out some more.
    Some people actually sprinkle some spagh into their bark mix for cattleyas in order to retain some moisture in between waterings.

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    I have a catt that has done the same thing. I looks like many of the leaves were growing wrapped around a large pipe. I kinda like it that way. Give a very unusual look to them. I would take alot of work to make them look that way. Just go with it. A braded plant takes some work.

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    Looks good to me. I wish all of mine grew like that instead of lanky . Nice healthy plant . Gin

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