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Barely any roots on Slc. Hsin Buu Lady 'YT'

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    Default Barely any roots on Slc. Hsin Buu Lady 'YT'

    I just got this in the mail last week, and to my dismay, when I took it out of its pot it was actually two pieces of a severed plant. One piece wasn't worth saving (no roots, about 3 pseudobulbs) and the other was the one I kept. It has about 5 pseudobulbs, and some roots but nothing green. They're not mushy, they're just solid beige colored roots that don't appear to be active. It does have two new little eyes starting to take off. I've potted up normally like I would any other Catt. - in a clay pot that just a hair bigger than the existing root system to allow for growth in medium bark, with a layer of spag. on top. I previously soaked in in a fertilizer and Superthrive solution.

    Now, I'm not just too concerned about it yet, as I've never lost a Cattleya before and I've had this particular one before and it grew like a damn weed. It is one of my favorites. What do y'all think? I figure as long as it has new eyes growing the roots will follow suit, per usual. Should I water it more often? Leave it alone so it's forced to grow new roots? I've heard both suggestions before...

    As you can see, this particular hybrid is nothing short of stunning.
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    Kelly...After re-potting I do not water for seven to ten days. Period. Haven't lost one yet! Just my opinion.....Betty

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    It IS a beautiful hybrid...when I repot, I tend towards not watering much. Just keeping the plant shaded in mild temps with decent humidity usually gives me the best results.
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    Interesting. I've never skipped a beat as far as my watering regime goes when I repot, and everything's always been just fine. I just don't want to leave it bone dry for too long because the pseudobulbs are bound to get wrinkled and ugly.

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    I suppose I should have worded that differently. I keep the plants in conditions that might prevent them from drying out quickly after I've repotted, thereby reducing watering frequency.
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    Gotcha. Unfortunately my apartment isn't very humid, so it gets bone dry within about a day and a half. I've been watering every 3 days.

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    Oh I know all about bone dry! I soaked some of my plants that are in sphagnum on Sunday, and they were already dry this morning! I'm terrified about my upcoming vacation...I will be gone for a week and my complex is being painted so everything has to come indoors where there is no automated watering. I have mounts.
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    You got a great orchid there. What a beauty when they are in bloom. I agree with Betty and Jason about the watering. I always skip watering for two weeks and they seem to send roots out like crazy. Of course I soak my bark for several days and my basement grow area is damp. Good luck and am sure you will be posting pics of beautiful blooms next winter.

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    Just make sure the cattleya drys off completely before watering. With sphag on the top layer, it will probably stay damp longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Just make sure the cattleya drys off completely before watering. With sphag on the top layer, it will probably stay damp longer.

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    You would think, right? But not so. The sphag. on top becomes dry almost within the same day. I've done the same with my Rossioglossum Rawdon Jester...the top layer of sphag becomes bone dry almost immediately but the contents inside it seem to stay damp. Not wet at all, just a little damp for quite a few days. I've heard that's what they like, though?

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