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How does this Cattleya orchid look?

This is a discussion on How does this Cattleya orchid look? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi all, I'm attaching pics of my newly inherited Cattleya. When I had brought it ...

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    Default How does this Cattleya orchid look?

    Hi all,
    I'm attaching pics of my newly inherited Cattleya. When I had brought it home, it was covered in a dusty white film and had some bugs (those pesky hard waxy creatures). So what I did was give it an isopropyl alcohol rubdown and a misting of oil and water). So far no critters for 2 weeks... looking good.

    Now I'm trying to asses any other damage - be it leaves and/or root damage. Can anyone take a look and let me know what you think? Right now, the plant looks to have a root ball tangled up in fir bark. That is sitting in a pot of lava rock. The plant is not sitting in water and I'm letting the plant dry out before watering.

    Thanks for looking!
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    The white coating could be fungal so get some fungicide. Check that the media in the pot isnt rotted and wet. Roots need air circlation. Trim off rotten roots - these are brown and mushy. Looks like it has potential under right care to mature and the new shoots a good. sign. The white could also be mineral deposits, salt deposits. Try rainwater to flush it. Dont overwater and fertilize with weak amounts. wash plant a few times to rid all trace of scale insect. Other than that your good to go. Place in strong light.

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    Your plant doesn't look that bad, it needs some cleaning and treating like matt say and it needs a repot ASAP.

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    Pam, looks like it needs a little work, but it's got potential. I see some good roots, as well as the brown shriveled up ones. It's a good-sized plant, so it should make it through and then reward you with glorious flowers in appreciation for your loving care!

    I suggest you repot it and get rid of the old bark it's sitting in. You may notice that one side of the plant has old, dead roots and the other side has the healthier ones. Put the "living" side toward the center of the pot, with the "dead" side against the side. It's going to grow out toward the living side and will need room in that direction.

    Can't wait to see how it goes!

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    This is good advice. I did read about how the plant tends to grow out towards the side, and that is exactly what it is doing. As a matter of fact, it is pushing against the new shoot on the side of the pot. Will need to repot ASAP. So I will cut off the dead roots and get rid of the old media (I think it is definitely wet and on its way to rotting...). I am a little nervous about repotting. Are there any videos anyone can suggest as to how to go about this? Also, should I leave the leaves alone or cut the ugly ones out?
    Thanks everyone!
    Pam

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    Leaves often look bad before they are completely out of commision. Unless they are obviously diseased, leave them be. They are providing reserve nutrition to the leading part of the plant.
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    Leaves often look bad before they are completely out of commision. Unless they are obviously diseased, leave them be. They are providing reserve nutrition to the leading part of the plant.
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    It's when the lead looks bad or when things are obviously diseased that I worry
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    Pam, in general the plant looks OK. The roots are almost dead or dying so the plant looks dehydrated, but it shows a new lead in the formation, once it produces healthy roots the plant will be healthy again. I would suggest you immediately repot in a suitable mix so that the new emerging healthy roots will grow in the new media and will not be damaged. Secondly what you see on the leaves is due to sun and oil scorching. I have observed over the years that Cattleyas and Paphs do NOT like oil based insecticides (at concentrations that are effective against insects i.e.) I immediately see yellowing of leaves sometimes followed by sun scorching. Cattleyas are hardy hope this one becomes healthy soon.

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    I fully agree with Amey with one extra observation. The first pic shows what looks like a "lot" of time release fertiliser on the bark ... PLEASE ... do not put any of it on any Catt... This could be the main reason you plant looks like it does. Its not good for these plants.

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    to Amey and Roy regarding this orchid.

    cheers,
    BD

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