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Roots of a large Cattleya

This is a discussion on Roots of a large Cattleya within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I've been trying to keep up, but this large Cattleya obviously needs to be repotted. ...

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    Red face Roots of a large Cattleya

    I've been trying to keep up, but this large Cattleya obviously needs to be repotted. Usually my orchids like it better outside...this one seems to be trying to get in...through the window screen. lol

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    it looks that it prefers to be inside

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    That is incredible! Where there's a will there's a way...I had no idea how strong orchid roots are! Sometimes I think they move and do their own thing when we're not watching them, I swear.

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    I finally got it off the shelf...it had wound roots around the shelf as well as through the screen. But before I got it repotted I discovered a plant infested with bugs that needed immediate attention. So maybe it will be repotted tomorrow...with a couple others that are waiting their turn as well. lol

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    Hi Connie, such heathy growth. On a related note, do you ever spray/mist new root growth with water/feed or do you leave them to i,t extracting what it can from the air, leaving root mass in pot as main point of watering.? Mine never get that far and ends brown and dry and whole length dies back. The sensitivity of green tips is so fragile. Have worked through water/ fertilizer/ salts/ overdosed fert, insect/fungi/ miticides nutrient deficiencys. Give up! I am now experimenting with a nitrogen and calcium boost and all macro and micro nutrient are addressed.

    My last, very last suspicion is lack of nitrogen/ calcium. Fert before had a 30 10 10 ratio and nitrogen was urea based and likely washed away from mounts before anything beneficial to plant was ready. Possibility of nitrogen defieciecy? Found that calcium also a key root aid player! Risks of salt toxic build up addresed with a flush. rain water alll time.

    Have you ever witnessed such behaviour? Any ideas. Cheers!

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    WOW! Maybe it misses you?? My roots does that often too, but never goes through the window screen because they don't go outside!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by opaline View Post
    Hi Connie, such heathy growth. On a related note, do you ever spray/mist new root growth with water/feed or do you leave them to i,t extracting what it can from the air, leaving root mass in pot as main point of watering.? Mine never get that far and ends brown and dry and whole length dies back. The sensitivity of green tips is so fragile. Have worked through water/ fertilizer/ salts/ overdosed fert, insect/fungi/ miticides nutrient deficiencys. Give up! I am now experimenting with a nitrogen and calcium boost and all macro and micro nutrient are addressed.

    My last, very last suspicion is lack of nitrogen/ calcium. Fert before had a 30 10 10 ratio and nitrogen was urea based and likely washed away from mounts before anything beneficial to plant was ready. Possibility of nitrogen defieciecy? Found that calcium also a key root aid player! Risks of salt toxic build up addresed with a flush. rain water alll time.

    Have you ever witnessed such behaviour? Any ideas. Cheers!
    I am blessed to live in a humid location and do not "mist" new roots. However, I have recently begun spraying fertilizer in with my anti-fungal/bug treatments, in addition to putting fertilizer in with my regular watering. My vanda types get a special mix sprayed on them twice a week. I water by misting...I use a hand sprayer attachment on my hose that has a "mist" setting. Depending on how hot it is outside; I may mist/water them anywhere from once to three times a day for at least ten minutes at a time. Anything mounted gets watered every other day on cool days and every day when temps go above 85. My potted plants are watered every 4-6 days depending on the heat as well. I also mist them for a couple minutes on hot afternoons. Once the plants are watered, I mix up my sprayer. Twice a week for vanda's, once a week for everything else. My new sprayer cost a little more, it can be pressurized by pumping a handle up top and then sprays a nice mist. While the vanda roots are still damp, I spray a fertilizer mix on their leaves and roots. When I spray the potted plants I add a systemic bug killer and only spray the leaves and top of the potting mixture. From time to time, when I have bug killer in the mix I also spray the pots and surfaces as well. I have begun to add in a calcium-magnesium fertilizer and another for other micronutrients. Yes I have seen signs of nutrient dificiencies in my plants. I just hadn't realized what it looked like until I stumbled on an online article with pictures a short while back. When I saw the calcium deficiency pics, it was like: "...so that is what causes that!" I had a few plants that would get new pretty growth and then they would either be shaped strange, or too small or the new growth would rot before it would get more than six or seven inches long. I haven't had that problem lately. Also a change in my fertilizer helped alot. I'll p.m. you the info on that one... Good luck.

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    I have a Cattleya that found a previously unidentified crack in a plastic pot. It now has a grown a root thru the crack and the root is still growing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhodgson View Post
    I have a Cattleya that found a previously unidentified crack in a plastic pot. It now has a grown a root thru the crack and the root is still growing.
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    Roots on orchids are the craziest things. You never know where they are going to end up or coming out of...or stuck to. lol

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