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Orchid Culture - Questions & Answers from This Month
by Sue Bottom, from the St. Augustine Orchid Society Newsletter
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Repot Cattleyas When New Roots are First Forming

 

Repot Cattleyas When New Roots are First Forming

Q. When we are told to repot cattleyas when you see new roots, does that mean green tips and a bit of growth? The green tips are getting a bit brighter and larger but no outward growth yet.  

A. The ideal time to repot cattleyas is right before they form roots, when you see the little nubs beginning to form. That way you can repot without worrying about damaging the tender new roots so they will grow quickly into the new mix. This one could have been repotted a week or two ago, repot immediately!   (Feb-19)


Phal Leaf Markings


 

Phal Leaf Markings

Q. What is wrong with this phal? Itís next to a window with other phals, but itís the only one with a problem.? There have been no major changes in light or watering.  

A. On first glance, it looks like edema, a blistering of the leaf that occurs when the leaf can't transpire moisture fast enough, such as when you water late in the day and the night turns cool. This looks like the damage occurred a while ago.   (Feb-19)


Phal Lost Its Blooms
 

Phal Lost Its Blooms

Q. We received this orchid a week ago as a gift. It had beautiful dark pink flowers. I promptly put it on my kitchen windowsill, and Iím afraid it might have gotten too cold there?  

A. Those flowers have blasted. Bud blast happens for a whole host of reasons, it could be from being moved, from being too dry, or too cold. If it happened very suddenly, as in overnight, it is very likely it was too close to the window on a cold night. The good news is the plant looks fine, and though it won't bloom again this year, you should be able to bring it into bloom next year.   (Feb-19)


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