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Another survivor is making me happy this morning. I had read on another forum that keeping old sheaths may still go onto produce a bud eventually and well this has happened with my Cattleya. Hopefully it will go onto bloom.

Like with the majority of my orchids this one had suffered, but it is starting to pick up :)


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Nice one Michele, there's nothing better than noticing something starting to peep through one day after tending your budless plants for what seemed like months.

Your cattleya seems to be mounted ?

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Thanks Steve :)

Indeed this Cattleya is mounted. Cattleyas can do very well mounted, if this one had not suffered it would be a lot more impressive.
The photo below is from 2013, not its usual placement and the shot is technically looking from above the plant. I'm hoping in time it will get back to its happy healthy self and I will be looking for a new mount.

One this I have learned from mounting this one is that with Cattleyas it pays to get an extra large mount to begin with.


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Is that a piece of mopana wood Michele?

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Nice to see how it'll look when it blooms, i'm still waiting for mine to bloom.

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Is that a piece of mopana wood Michele?

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I don't believe so, was a piece of old decorative drift wood I acquired quite some time ago. Seems to be quite a dark wood, has none of the light smooth or twisted black that is usually found on pieces of Mopani
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Nice to see how it'll look when it blooms, i'm still waiting for mine to bloom.
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It'll be worth the wait! :)


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A nice little plant, I asked as I bought something similar at the London Show (Catt. Jairak Doll), from the Popow stall (No, I do not work for them and neither am I on a commission from them) :oops:
I don't have any cattleyas (except the hybrid Yellow Bird) and bought it for its size (or lack of size) as it looked ideal for mounting even though I can't say I've ever really noticed many mounted cattleyas about, so hoping it stays a manageable size?
Mine's not sure if it wants to be plain white or flushed with pink or lilac (secretly prefer the colouring on yours!)

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A nice little plant, I asked as I bought something similar at the London Show (Catt. Jairak Doll), from the Popow stall (No, I do not work for them and neither am I on a commission from them) :oops:

You should get a discount on your next purchase :lol:
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I don't have any cattleyas (except the hybrid Yellow Bird) and bought it for its size (or lack of size) as it looked ideal for mounting even though I can't say I've ever really noticed many mounted cattleyas about, so hoping it stays a manageable size?

In some ways they should be more manageable in a pot, in the sense it will be easier to divide should they get a lot of growth. However I do like my mounted Cattleya, like you I purchased this one because it was a more compact grower compared to others (from Ray Creek, though I don't think he has any at the moment), even so it didn't take long for it to attach to the mount. Would recommend as large a mount as you can get, if you want to go the mounting root, otherwise you may only get a few years before having to consider how to get in onto a new mount. I have read a good tip by where the person just set up the new mount next to the old one, when enough growths were gripping the new mount it makes for an easier division/transferal to the new home.

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Mine's not sure if it wants to be plain white or flushed with pink or lilac (secretly prefer the colouring on yours!)

An indecisive bloomer sounds quite interesting!
If I keep mine going well and it gets to the point where I can get a division or two, I'll be sure to put your name on one if you like?


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I have read a good tip by where the person just set up the new mount next to the old one, when enough growths were gripping the new mount it makes for an easier division/transferal to the new home.

I have thought about trying this but didn't think it was practical for my set-up as I assume that whenever moving the mounts (for watering etc), you'd have to ensure that at the initial stage, both mounts are moved together without any movement between them otherwise the plant would never be able to get a firm grip on the new mount ?
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If I keep mine going well and it gets to the point where I can get a division or two, I'll be sure to put your name on one if you like?

Thanks for the offer Michele, I shall bear that in mind on my next Orchid searching venture. :D

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Yes, I believe both mounts would have to be attached at the beginning at least. I have used water bowls underneath mounted plants when dealing with watering if unable to move them for what ever reason - it's one way to handle the problem. :)


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Nice plant Michelle. Just out of interest, how often do you need to water your mounted version?

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Thanks John.
Usually has a misting once each morning (simple hand mister), more during days when it's hot and or extra sunny. Watered well and fed once a week, usually 1/3 to 1/2 strength. Sometimes watered twice a week as appropriate. Not much in the way of soaking the mount as it's difficult to do without submerging the pseudo bulbs and leaves, just a slow steady pouring. The run off water usually gets collected and is used with other house and garden plants.


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Thanks, Michelle. I have a pot grown plant that has flowered for the last 3 years (and is currently flowering) but only produced 1 flower each time. Although I think it is probably OK, it doesn't look in as good condition as your plant!

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Thanks John.
Usually has a misting once each morning (simple hand mister), more during days when it's hot and or extra sunny. Watered well and fed once a week, usually 1/3 to 1/2 strength. Sometimes watered twice a week as appropriate. Not much in the way of soaking the mount as it's difficult to do without submerging the pseudo bulbs and leaves, just a slow steady pouring. The run off water usually gets collected and is used with other house and garden plants.


I'm glad that works for you, my regime was the same, but my mounted C aclandiae just kept desiccating over time, so I re-potted it last week with a fast draining mix, but hopefully it will get the balance right.
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Thanks, Michelle. I have a pot grown plant that has flowered for the last 3 years (and is currently flowering) but only produced 1 flower each time. Although I think it is probably OK, it doesn't look in as good condition as your plant!
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Thanks John, though it must be said that when the regime was not kept up with it suffered greatly, the full shot photo is from prior to an extended period where I could not fully care for my plants. To some degree I am surprised it has survived as well as it did, also to have it bouncing back now that things are back to normal is great.
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I'm glad that works for you, my regime was the same, but my mounted C aclandiae just kept desiccating over time, so I re-potted it last week with a fast draining mix, but hopefully it will get the balance right.
Well done. Barnie.

Thanks Barnie, I'm glad it's working too :) Hope you get your balance right too!
Always interesting how what works for one person may not for another. I think that living quite near to the coast also works in my favour with this Cattleya. Though I was also told before I bought it that C. intermedia makes a good starting Cattleya as it can be more tolerant than other species, which for me at least seems to be the case.


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Getting there! :)
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One for the next show Michele !!!!!??

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Perhaps, if someone can take it for me. I doubt it's a prize winner, got to beef it up again. Though if it can be used for the display will be happy to part company with it for a little while.


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And whilst I was at work, it's decided to start opening! :dance:
Again, excuse the rubbish photo! :oops:


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Well it opened about a day after the last picture and seems to be as open as it's going to get. The leafs are somewhat closed preventing a full open bloom. However the new growths are coming along nicely and as long as it gets enough light things should be better next year. Though to make the bloom last a little longer it has been taken back from its usual bright spot.
Still I'm happy.


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