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Catt with Bud problems

This is a discussion on Catt with Bud problems within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have a catt Chun Yeah that put out two lovely new growths with sheaths. ...

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    Unhappy Catt with Bud problems

    I have a catt Chun Yeah that put out two lovely new growths with sheaths. Then about 4 weeks ago I saw buds in the sheaths. They haven't grown, moved, died or anything. This is the first time I have had them "stuck". I've had sheaths with no buds, and buds in sheaths that died for some reason (probably over attentiveness on my part), but never this kind of problem. The sheaths are still light green with a bit of speckling, but the plant has now started 3 new growths - so I suspect I am not going to get any flowers now. But I hate to cut them off.....

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    BTW The Keiki Kurse is almost ready - tomorrow night is Summer Solstice - this is gonna be great! I'm gonna show those guys who's boss - yeah, no plant is gonna get the better of me, i'm in total control....

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    Don't cut them off , they may still bloom out , If the sheath starts to dry up I have split the top of it , but I have a ....SPECIES ... Catt that blooms with dried sheaths . Has it bloomed before ? You could open the sheath if you are not like me and forget and let water sit in it . Gin

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    It has bloomed before. But since last time the plant has been moved to a new location. Actually was moved just as sheaths were forming....

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    Maybe if I open one sheath just a leeeetle bit to peek inside???

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    Probably wouldn't hurt at this point to open it up...Just be careful...I once cut off a dried sheath (C. aurantiaca) only to find I had decapitated an emerging bud spike...

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    That is the one I have , the aurantiaca , I did the same to mine when I first got it , did you peek Diane ? Gin

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    Yes, I peeked. There was a tiny bud, about the size of 1/2 of a pea. It was green near the stem but the rest had turned brown. I've just left it and the other sheath for now, doubt anything good will happen. ;- (

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    The buds seem like they're blasting--if it were me, I'd just cut the very tops of the sheaths, just enough to slip a fingernail in to let you peel the sides of the sheaths apart and down to expose the buds. I usually never do this on green sheaths, just brown ones, but at this point I don't think you're going to hurt anything. The fact that the plants have already started putting out new growth doesn't always mean that the previous growths won't bloom. It *can* mean that, but it's certainly not etched in stone, especially since buds have already formed. They may still develop fully if any good ones are left.

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