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Poor Cattleya

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    Default Poor Cattleya

    This cattleya was given to me from a co worker (she had gotten it as a gift) and just didn't have the room for it. I took it out of its 6 inch pot to find it had been overwatered and not given proper lighting (very dark green leaves). I ended up taking out so much dead stuff off that I was left with these divisions. They all have viable eyes on them, so if I can get roots going on them, I'll have plenty of freebies to give away.

    She actually saved the tag, it says it is a Blc. Mem. Crispen Rosales
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    Hey Traci,

    It looks like the three larger of those should make it with out too much worry! I bet you will give'm the care they need. Too bad about someone rotting the roots away.

    I was in our local discount store and saw three orchids on the plant shelf. I went over to take a look to see what they were. I lifted a phal up off of the shelf and murky water poured out of the pot. They were all sitting in about two inches of water. (Next to some cactus [NO KIDDING!!!]), it was so sad. The bark was mushy and the plants looked droopy already. As a plant lover, I hate to see things like that.

    I am glad this catt is in your hands. Keep us posted on the progress of growing some roots!

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer
    Hey Traci,

    It looks like the three larger of those should make it with out too much worry! I bet you will give'm the care they need. Too bad about someone rotting the roots away.

    I was in our local discount store and saw three orchids on the plant shelf. I went over to take a look to see what they were. I lifted a phal up off of the shelf and murky water poured out of the pot. They were all sitting in about two inches of water. (Next to some cactus [NO KIDDING!!!]), it was so sad. The bark was mushy and the plants looked droopy already. As a plant lover, I hate to see things like that.

    I am glad this catt is in your hands. Keep us posted on the progress of growing some roots!

    Cheers!
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    I think you are right, the one that has a sheath on it looks like it is trying to push some roots out. The other big section has some so-so roots. The little divisions, well, they might not make it. Either way, I can't lose. I can try and save them.

    I saw a bunch of phals in a similar situation. They were put in a box lid with about an inch of filthy, slimey water . I drained them off an put them on the shelf, but the box top on the floor. The sales associates looked at me crazy, but hey, it's all about the orchids.

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    WoooHooo ! nice save !that one is a ruffled purple with a wonderful fragrance , my favorite Catt . It was the orchid that got me into this , I bought one as a tiny seedling in a bag when I lived in Los Angeles , it grew and bloomed even tho when I had to repot I put it in ... garden dirt ! no internet back then I read the part of the book talking about Cymbids . lol . Gin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gin
    WoooHooo ! nice save !that one is a ruffled purple with a wonderful fragrance , my favorite Catt . It was the orchid that got me into this , I bought one as a tiny seedling in a bag when I lived in Los Angeles , it grew and bloomed even tho when I had to repot I put it in ... garden dirt ! no internet back then I read the part of the book talking about Cymbids . lol . Gin
    LOL, most of us have been there before! I'm glad to know it may be fragrant, an added bonus.

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    Default If you're making a list...

    I'd be up for trying one of those babies when/if you decide to give one away...

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    I'd love to have one too, Traci, I love lavendar catts. Good luck rehabbing them!

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    If you have a greenhouse or just are in a humid climate they will grow new leads and new roots without any extra effort. I leave rootless plants lying on the shelf in the gh and they respond by growing both new leads and roots. Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by dosal
    If you have a greenhouse or just are in a humid climate they will grow new leads and new roots without any extra effort. I leave rootless plants lying on the shelf in the gh and they respond by growing both new leads and roots. Good luck
    Not having a greenhouse, and not much humidity in the growrooms, I have used the sphag-and-bag method successfully numerous times. I got a rootless backbuld division of Blc.Oconee 'Mendenhall' once which I kept in the bag in the growroom for about seven months, at the end of which time it bloomed - in the bag! Only one flower on the newest growth, but I pulled it out of the bag to discover a bundle of roots from that one and the previous one, both grown in the bag.

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    Weird how sphag-and-bag works for some people and not for others. I've had a lot of success with it here, but a lot of folks just wind up with a bag 'o death. Not sure why.

    Pretty cool about your Catt blooming in-bag, though! I've never waited long enough to see that happen before!

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