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