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My youngest orchid- Cattleya BLC Blue Grotto "Takagi"

This is a discussion on My youngest orchid- Cattleya BLC Blue Grotto "Takagi" within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; As I said, unfortunate. It wasn't my choice trust me....

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    As I said, unfortunate. It wasn't my choice trust me.

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    Today, since this orchid finally grew something (a couple new roots) and today, some cork wood arrived in the mail, I decided to mount this one.

    So I did. There were only the 2 new roots that were viable. It's probably a good thing I didn't pull it out of its pot before now.

    Below is the little catt mounted. Everything I have mounted is doing well. I hope this is the ticket to a healthy plant!

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    I had a Blue Grotto for several years and it gets to be a very large plant. The flowers on mine were a very pretty blue lavender color. I hope you don't mind if I make a couple of comments. If you've had success mounting cattleyas that way then that's great. Usually cattleyas are mounted with the leaves pointing up. Phalaenopsis are the only orchids that I know of that are mounted with the leaves pointing down. I find that sphagnum moss usually isn't necessary when mounting cattleyas because they like to dry out. But I live in a more humid climate so maybe that works better in your climate. Whenever you use sphagnum moss on a mount, it's best to put the moss against the mount and place the roots on top of the sphagnum. That way the roots can breath but they can still get some moisture. Moss over the roots can cause root rot. Good luck.

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    Actually, both of the new roots are out in the air and not covered by the spagh. Hanging in the air in the living room, getting mid-late afternoon sun, I water all of my mounted before I leave for work in the early morning and they are dried out by the afternoon when I get home. I did add sphag behind the orchid in between the mount.

    I purchased a mounted catt and it was upside down and has grown very well. I think I 'll let it stay upside down for the present. If it doesn't prosper or gets too big, I'll just relocate the hanger on the other end and it will hang right side up.

    Thanks for the advice! I am appreciative of the comments!

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    If the plant doesn't like the pseudobulbs hanging down, the next growths will grow upwards.

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    Harvey, did it finally bloom for you?

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    No, not yet. It is alive and growing but very slowly. Still years away from blooming.

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    Really?! Such a slow grower? I😞
    Can you post a pic of it now? I got one too and wonder how long till bloom and what it will look like. There are too many different bloom pics on the web.
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    Svetlana- Don't be surprised by its size after all this time. I live in a very dry environment. And Catts are not easy for me. It gets watered daily. It is outside now and I think it helps it grow better, faster.
    It did go into decline at one point. But is now growing.There is a 3rd cane that is hard to see in the picture.

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