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It's been a bad day, bud dies unexpectedly

This is a discussion on It's been a bad day, bud dies unexpectedly within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; have yet to have a Catt flower. have a large one that is only growing ...

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    have yet to have a Catt flower. have a large one that is only growing new shoots. it does have a sheath but it turned brown.
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    I've had a couple do that too, but then the biggest one (sold as blooming size) bloomed for me. So now I am very hopeful looking at the new growth!

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    that's why I'm leary of buying any orchid that is a Catt or Catt related.
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    I just figured they weren't quite big enough/ready yet, as the ones that put out a sheath and didn't bloom were smaller/younger plants. I have one little cutie that is a start from my daughter in law's catt, hers is very free blooming and this start is very vigorous. It suffered breakage shortly after I got it and I ended up with a 1 pbulb start, now three years later it has 7 and is growing 2 more, it is always actively growing and hers is usually actively blooming. I think mine is ready to start any time, hopefully with this growth. It's a cute little plant, the pbulbs are about 7" with the leaves and it goes all over, very messy looking and has darling small very bright red flowers. I can't wait to see it bloom here!

    We are a bit of an orchid family - my daughter loves them and my son and his wife do too, and her mother. We go to the orchid shows together and buy orchids every year! Its a lot of fun to do these things together.

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    so what is secret to making them bloom?
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    So far I haven't done anything special, so maybe someone that knows how to get Catts to bloom will weigh in and improve your odds (and mine!).

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    I grow indoors part of the year (typically October - March) and outdoors for the rest of the time. IME, the key to getting Catts to bloom is light. If it is possible to grow them outdoors part of the year, try that. Remember that plants introduced outdoors will need some shade initially, and need to be introduced to more light gradually (or they will sunburn). My blooming-size Catts grow in nearly full sun at this time of year.

    If you are able to grow indoors only, try increasing your light level, maybe putting plants in a location where they get more natural light, or growing under higher light output artificial light. Even if you are getting sheaths or spikes that fail right now, that is an indication that you are close to right light level, maybe all you need is a small bump up. Improving humidity could keep buds from blasting.

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    Thanks. I have mine in a South window, over the kitchen sink, where it gets a lot of light and can get pretty hot too. They seem to really like it. If I get more, I will soon run out of room though, so trying to be selective. Would they handle high temperatures in the summer? It's well over 100 degrees today, for instance.

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    It is frequently in the 90s here, and my Catts have tolerated as high as 108F with no I'll effects. Just provide some shade (shade cloth) when its hot & water a bit more.
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    Cool, that's good to know. Now I've heard that Phals love heat and Catts tolerate it. I may need to set up something outside for them, as long as I can figure out how to water them easily (I can't stand heat, so don't want to spend much time messing with things to water them). Thanks!

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