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Old 08-15-2013, 10:23 PM
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Repotting cattleya seedlings from compots

So I've been absent for awhile because I bought too many orchids and I noticed a trend between time on orchidgeeks and orders placed Plus I moved and the orchids stressed out a little. But everyone is fairly happy now and Carmela had a great deal on ebay for mystery compots, 4 for $41 shipped that I couldn't pass up, I'm thinking seedlings are small and don't take up too much space.

I've never broken up a compot before, they arrived today and it seems they are in a some sort of sandy media. And some of them are huge so I'm going to need to repot at least some of them sooner than I expected. I'm thinking of using orchiata #9 but not sure if I shouldn't add a little chopped up sphag and perlite or not. I was planning on 2 inch aircone pots. Any real small ones I'll just put back in the compot.

I'd appreciate any advice on my plan? Thanks!

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Blc Abbeyville 'Golden Promise'
Blc intermedia Morning Glory 'Doris'
Blc Lois Smith 'Ohana'
Lc Irene Finney 'York'

Really good deal if anyone is looking to fill empty bench space.
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They all look so healthy and big!
Definitly going to have to soak for a while before trying to separate any of those pots!
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I don't think you can pre-determine what size pots to use. You will have to crack those pots and see how many roots they have - and I bet it is a bunch.

Have multiple sizes available and use whatever media you prefer for your growing conditions.

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Hi Nice lot of plants, have fun repotting them, personally I would use the number 5 mix and not anything else, most Cattleys I have grow like a fairly open mix that allows the thick roots to meander through, note that you are in Dallas, nice warm to hot area to grow catts in. Are they grown indoors or in a shade house.
When I repot young Catts I use a pot size the will give them about 2 years growth in, I like to use the squat type pots as well, this gives good depth without stale mix underneath. Personally I would let them dry our for a few days to allow the potting mix to shrink and perhaps work the plants out in group and slowly break the apart and plants and pot the bigger ones into individual pots.
what enjoyable way to fill in an afternoon!
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How fun! Enjoy your repotting - they look great.
Sorry I don't have any more advice; I've never bought a compot.
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Thanks everyone for your words of wisdom! I normally use orchiata #5 for cattleyas so I'll use it for these smaller ones as well. And thanks for the tip on pot sizes as well, thought I should go for the very smallest.

My cattleyas are all inside near a southfacing window with a privacy film, FCs right around 3300 during noonish hours. I was only brave enough to move my dens outside this year to a covered east facing patio. Still debating on whether I want to build a shade house or just go with lights inside as my collection grows. LEDs are so tempting but watering is so much easier if they are outside. But bugs are a concern although I have a good number of geckos that seem to like hanging around the dens so that helps.
The patio might be a little too shaded though but I have had pretty good growth.

The media is so sandy in these, I can just lift them out with my hand. I was thinking I will lift them out, let them soak for a bit to soften the roots a tad, and then start untangling. (At least they aren't oncidiums

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Well I got through 2 and a half of the compots. Ran out of some of the smaller pots I wanted to use for smaller plants that had a good root system started. But I did the ones that were the most overgrown and that Golden Promise was really overgrown and did not appear to like the compot mix so all the roots were wound up round and round at the top.

Here's the bigger ones that I planted in 3.5 pots:


And some of the babies I planted in a new compot as well as the 2"s:


The babies are going to be sharing space in the open air aquarium along with the plantlets I just compotted from flasks from Troy Meyers. Haven't had this much fun in a while

First time I tried the flasks, finally got the hang of it with the last flask. Have a bunch of reservations that have always had an unhappy face so was pleasantly surprised I received them. I really need to figure out how to build either a grow room or a shade house

Thanks again for all of your advice and suggestions!
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Hi The Catts look very nice in their new home, buried just nicely, not too deep!
Enjoy the fun with the deflasked lot!
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Nicely done!

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Those baby catts are so healthy looking. You can already see the p-bulbs forming.
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Beautiful nursery you have there!
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Everyone looks happy and healthy!
Great job
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Wow! Your seedlings look amazing! Way to go! And keep us informed on the progress!
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Those look beautiful. Good job!
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Fantastic job! I'm still trying to figure out how to work the babies. Looks like you have it down pat.
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Thanks everyone! I WISH I had it down pat - I'm like a new Mom bringing home her first baby-except I have over 100 lol
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