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This is a discussion on Cattleya Walkerinter fma coerulea within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This is a plant of many suprises. First, I thought it was Walkeriana...it's a cross ...
This is a plant of many suprises. First, I thought it was Walkeriana...it's a cross with Intermedia called Walkerinter. Second, since it has never done well (as in always looked dehydrated, too pale and just overall sickly) I put the mount over into the misting section and forgot about it and so it is now thriving. Third I thought the roots were not growing and ta da....wrong again...they are all over the place. In fact that is why I took pictures...I have never seen a root do this before. lol I have been doing alot of rearranging again and just general "tending" to things and I found several things that needed trimming, spraying, etc. I have no idea why this plant is even alive. As I stated a short while back, Intermedia seem to die slowly when they come to my house. Ah well...this one must like to be different and as long as I neglect it, it grows and thrives. Go figure!
After I saw the pictures of the icky twine, I went back with scissors and discovered a smart alecky root. I trimmed what I could of the icky stuff...but obviously this root ain't lettin go of the rest without a fight. lol
How rewarding to find suprises such as this. I often think we can over care for our plants and noticed, with that wonderful thing called hindsight, that i have found the same in some cases and wonder if I should start to be a bit more neglectful. Its awful to experience an orchid that seems to decline, no matter what you do, favourite or not, and is so satisfying to observe its steady improvement. Often this results in me considering a change in care here and there.
Set to be a significant specimen in your collection I think.