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Old 03-19-2017, 12:04 AM
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Is it too late?

Is late Autumn too late to repot Catasetums?

I am guessing yes but due to a number of personal things going on I haven't repotted at all over spring and summer.

Just wait until October now? The plants are spilling out of the pots.......and are in sphagnum moss......which is getting old. I guess they will be bone dry from next month so the moss may not matter either.
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I would wait. They are winding down now so holding off not only isn't going to hurt them one bit but it's also better to let them be.


I do all of my ctsm repots just before they break dormancy or just as they are starting to wake up. I think the fresh medium is also a boost for the fast growth about to get started. That and I like to put time release fert in the pots so they have a lot of nutrients to push the coming growth.

I should add...I have been potting mine in straight sphag for a couple/few years now and even with all the watering and heavy fert...the sphag is always fine. Some years I simply put the plant into a larger pot w/out taking off the older sphag and I just back fill w/new sphag and I have never had any root issues. I tend to get a lot of roots that carry over for a few years and I feel that is the reason I get such good growth and blooming from my Ctsm. I've even divided many and most never skip a beat w/the next bloom cycle. I use NZ sphag...the supreme/AAAAA (ie - expensive!) stuff but it's worth the extra cost because it does last a lot longer and I never have root troubles. I just wish the high end sphag helped w/spider mites! It never fails...come late summer/fall when temps are hot and it's dry...I battle those little bastards and they love, love, love my Ctsm. So, yea, you'll be fine holding off - even in sphag.
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Thanks Katrina. I have opted to hold off since my last post except for one or two which were breaking the pot. I also exclusively use sphagnum moss in them and I can't believe how easy they are to grow in it. Thank you for your advice, I will repot around October as it warms up and fingers crossed it all goes well.

The fresh media each year is a great idea. Really appreciate your fantastic advice! Thank you.
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I hear ya on the sphag! They seem to really love the stuff and those first few I tested it out on had bigger, fatter roots than they did prior to the switch. The next season...I moved them all to sphag only.

Sorry I was late to chime in...happy to help, even if it is late.
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