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Old 09-19-2022, 07:15 PM
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A couple of months ago, I learned about some great presentations on the Odom's Orchids YouTube page. Keith Davis had some interesting observations and tips about cattleyas in his three videos. He discussed dealing with an overgrown cattleya by attaching a smaller pot filled with media to the side of the larger pot which contains the plant. I am considering dividing my plant next year, but I think his technique gives the emerging growth the best shot of thriving if repotting is not an option. If it is not clear, the smaller attached pot provides a home for the emerging roots of the overhanging new growth. Of course, another option would be to drop the pot into a larger pot and fill in the gap with media.

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The concept of letting the roots of the new growth establish in another pot is that you can then divide the plant by cutting the rhizome . As with all divisions, you should place the cut so that the new division has at least 1 or 2 older pseudobulbs - the new roots in the new medium will be the main source of hydration, etc .for the new division, but the older pseudobulbs (with any roots that they may have) will also be an energy source for the new division.
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I like that idea. I tried it one year with a small attached pot and worked well. Beautiful blooms on your plant btw!
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More examples in this thread of Roberta's:
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That's definitely a solid approach to getting a division started. Honestly, the plant in the first post isn't horribly overgrown when I look at my plants.

Last year I did a post on dealing with a Catt that's REALLY OVERGROWN.

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Last year I did a post on dealing with a Catt that's REALLY OVERGROWN.
That's not overgrown, it's just husky.
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Well executed!
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