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Houston, do we have a problem here?

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    Default Houston, do we have a problem here?

    Okay.. this may sound a bit crazy, but hey, I'm new at this orchid stuff.

    Until today, the bud on my Blc. Hawaiian Leopard looked like this:


    Slightly angled away from the sheath, but still fairly vertical.

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    Now suddenly, she looks like this:


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    Sticking out at almost a right angle, and starting to bend a little downwards.

    So, is this something to worry about? Is it just top heavy? Should I stake her?

    Please don't laugh, but I'm really worried, especially since it started to open up yesterday. Nah........ you guys would never laugh at a newbie worrying. You're all way too nice for that.

    This morning, the plant was seriously tilting. This has happened before. I think the clay pellets just don't have enough weight to hold the plant in place. So, as I've done before, I straightened it up again, but as you can see, most of the roots are totally out of the medium. I could see just one root that was a really great shade of green, that was in the medium, so at least that one is getting water. I did mist the others too.

    I even thought about repotting her, but I know we're not supposed to do that while a plant is blooming.

    Any ideas? Or am I making much ado about nothing? I really don't want to lose my very first bloom on this plant.

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    That looks normal to me.

    Remember, when the buds emerge they will try to orient themselves so that the flowers present the labellum on the bottom, and the tepals in a near vertical plane.
    They do this by minutely regulating how much each portion of the flower stem grows (most notably the ovary section). Sort of like muscles, but the growth only goes one way.
    They use both sunlight and gravity to determine if the flowers are orienting themselves properly.
    It is important not to move the plant around too much at this stage as it could lead to disoriented flowers (crooked, labellum up, etc).

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    Thank you. I will make sure to keep the pot in one position from now on. I have been moving it around quite a bit (mainly to get photos). I've also been hovering like a mother hen. LOL

    I feel relieved now that I know it's normal. Can't wait to see the flower.

    Thanks again.

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    With the Leca pellots, you could probably reset the plant down into the medium (repot) If you kept it facing the same way it is now when you get done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindiras View Post
    With the Leca pellots, you could probably reset the plant down into the medium (repot) If you kept it facing the same way it is now when you get done.
    Thanks Cindiras. I had thought about doing just that, but given the stage this bud is at, I'm thinking I should just leave it alone for the moment. Once all the new growth seems done, I will definitely be repotting. I think this one's due for a dividing also.

    I'll just keep an eye on it. If the plant seems to be leaning badly again, I will reset it in the pot (repot).


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    Now that you got the answer that I couldn't help with (you know...) I can't wait to see it.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindiras View Post
    With the Leca pellots, you could probably reset the plant down into the medium (repot) If you kept it facing the same way it is now when you get done.
    It is a good idea.
    But unless there is an issue with the plant's stability (which is often the case with LECA pots). Cattleya roots would prefer to have their roots "in the buff".
    If you bury them deeper into the pot, they just grow new roots on top and start sprawling again

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    Quote Originally Posted by wetfeet101b View Post
    It is a good idea.
    But unless there is an issue with the plant's stability (which is often the case with LECA pots). Cattleya roots would prefer to have their roots "in the buff".
    If you bury them deeper into the pot, they just grow new roots on top and start sprawling again
    This is all good to know. And yes, I've been finding stability problems, which is why I had to straighten her up again today. But as long as there's no problem with those roots being au natural, we'll manage (with an occasional propping up). One of the reasons I don't want to repot it now is there is one root that is going down into the LECA. It's nice and green, and I just don't want to disturb it if I don't have to.

    You guys have been great!! Thank you so much.

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    My catts like to grow horizontally as well. all 4 look like they are trying to climb out of the pot.
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    I was much relieved to read all of your posts, and this morning, was rewarded by seeing her standing taller. She's almost at the level of the window sill now (I have them sitting on snack tables for the moment), and looks like she's reaching for the sun. From now on, she'll have lots of beautiful, filtered morning sunlight.

    Anyhow, this is how she's looking today. Bright and healthy, and happy!!

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