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Old 09-29-2007, 06:43 PM
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I know some cattleyas regularly bloom from dried sheaths, but what about those that normally don't? Say a catt that has all green sheaths but only one that has dried but is showing buds. Do you open the sheath or let nature take it's course?
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Old 09-29-2007, 07:22 PM
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There appears to be some difference of opinion here. My experience has been dismal and may have led to other's having bad experiences. When mine have "gone south" I have lost the buds. But that's just my experience - for what it's worth.
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Old 09-29-2007, 07:39 PM
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I can't say I've had too many troubles with buds breaking out of the sheaths. I have had only 1 sheath that turn very sour and wished I had split or atlease poke a couple of small holes in it. It was holding on to alot of moisture. Anyways I did leave it on and lost the buds.

Not all sheaths hold on to that much moisture, So I guess it depends.

I read on another forum a few days back, about someone having 7 sheaths on her catt - she peeled away 7, count "7" layers of sheaths. And there were buds
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There appears to be some difference of opinion here. My experience has been dismal and may have led to other's having bad experiences. When mine have "gone south" I have lost the buds. But that's just my experience - for what it's worth.
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If it looks like the buds won't emerge by themselves, I snip off the tip with sterile scissors, then peel the two halves back to expose the buds.
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Old 09-30-2007, 01:12 PM
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A couple of weeks ago I peeled of a yellow/drying sheath on my blc. Alma kee since I could see a tiny thing growing inside and I just had to see what it was - and I didn't know whether it bloomed from green or dry sheaths..

It turned out ot be the begining of a bud forming, the pic is from that time
The bud has now developed fine but the plant has not developed an actual inflorecense - the bud is situated right above the pb!

Now I'm thinking that I might have caused this by removing the sheath and exposing the beginning bud to direct light, and thereby perhaps stopping the production of the inflorecense.
I don't know if this could be true at all - but it makes a little sense to me since light hitting the bud directly could be a natural sign for the plant that the inflorecense is long enough for the flower to be elevated above the pb's - what do you guys think?

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