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Cattleya spots and no new pseudobulbs

This is a discussion on Cattleya spots and no new pseudobulbs within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Can anyone tell me what might be the problem with my cattleya? As far as ...

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    Default Cattleya spots and no new pseudobulbs

    Can anyone tell me what might be the problem with my cattleya? As far as I remember, it hasn't had any new growth for 2 years. Here are a couple of photos of the orchid. You can see the spots, but also there are some green roots visible.

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    First impression is that it is buried too deeply in the bark. My understanding is the rhizome should be above the bark.

    I can't speak about the spots.

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    Thanks - maybe a repotting would be in order; it's been awhile, and I'm wondering if the pot is too big for it right now.

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    I would pick the bark out one piece at a time and take a look. Maybe just uncovering would be enough. Why disturb the roots at this point if you don't have to?

    My biggest mistake with catts has been to re-pot at the wrong time.

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    Excellent - will do. Thank you.

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    Agree with Harvey. One more observation. Root tips look burnt/damaged. did you use any fertilizer that could have burnt the root tips?. the spots in the leaves look like a sun burn due to water spots. check the underside of the leaves also

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    Very good advice from both Harvey and Sriram. The light green/yellowish leaves do indicate that the plant may have been exposed to high light levels.

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    Thanks - it's possible that I used fertilizer when I shouldn't have - during a rest period, maybe. The orchid summered on the deck and may have gotten too much sun during a time that I was away from home. The underside of the leaves seems okay.

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    Make sure any fertilizing is done after the plant and roots were watered with plain water. Fertilizing dry roots can cause the burn.

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    Thanks - I do make sure that I never fertilize a dry orchid. It's possible that a "helper" did, however.

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