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Old 09-06-2018, 07:44 AM
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Hi everyone,

Sorry if I am doing this wrong - this is my first post. I have been keeping orchids for several months (which started with some rescue phalaenopsis that a friend gave me) and now have a nice collection that all seem to be very happy. I like to purchase my plants before their first flower and have not come across anything like this before.
Today I was given this cattleya (Shinfong Beauty X Tzeng-Wen Sunset) and am super confused. At first glance it looks unifoliate, but one pseudobulb had two rigid leaves. There are also raised brown marks on the pseudobulbs that I only discovered after the sheaths were removed - which I am hoping are some kind of scars - they do not move and are very hard to touch. It also has empty (flower?) sheaths - I know this can be normal, but there are 4 and only one has flowered (the plant itself is pretty small). It also has 3 new growth buds (that I can see). Two of the leaves have been cut and I will be keeping an eye on the larger leaf as I dont like the black soft edge.

I repotted it when I got it home today as it was covered in moss and was potted in a combination of soil and styrofoam. There were alot of dead roots in the middle, but those on the outside looked good. I have overpotted it sightly (in 100mm) as I would of snapped the roots if I put it into anything smaller.

There is alot going on with this little one! Any help you can give me is greatly appreciated - thank you all in advance
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Old 09-06-2018, 10:11 AM
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Frankly, I do not see a great deal to be concerned about there.

The "scars" are probably remnants from past damage, and as you have said, don't appear to be progressing, so ignore them. The dark edge on the cut leaf might be on the verge of a fungal or bacterial infection, so it might not hurt to trim a couple more millimeters off of the leaf and dab it with cinnamon powder to seal it and protect it.

Yours is a complex hybrid that no doubt has both unifoliate and bifoliate plants in its background, so single-, versus double-leaves is of no consequence. It appears that the other growths with sheaths are merely less mature, and didn't flower, so the sheaths will ultimately dry up. Again, nothing to worry about.
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Old 09-06-2018, 01:26 PM
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Looks okay, but that it maybe has been grown darker than it wants (those leaves look dark green) - which might account for the empty sheaths.
You might double check those bumbs and orange little scars on the pseudobulbs and also on the leaves for scale - they like those cattelya plants.
That bark looks extremely broken down - but you say you've repotted already, so you should be good to go.
I'd say looks like a pretty healthy plant overall.
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Old 09-06-2018, 05:11 PM
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Thanks so much Ray & Seattle - Im glad it can go back with my other cattleyas. I will trim the leaf and seal it today and have a good look for scale.
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