I am somewhat new to the world of cattleya orchids (I've only had one bloom for me so far, and it came with buds on it), and I'd like some clarification on what this catt is doing. The picture below shows some new growth, with a little stalk poking up in the middle.
What's the technical term for this? First of all, is the growth with the stalk a pseudobulb or a sheath? Or is it a pseudobulb that's in sheath? I don't really know my cattleya orchid parts...LOL...
Second, the little stalk in the middle seems to be curving over a bit. Is this normal? I am expecting buds to form on it, but I'm worried I might have over-sunned it and that the curvature is a symptom of bud blast. Here's a closer look. (There's no other signs of over-sunning, so I'm hoping this is just how it grows).
The name of the plant is Lctna Mighty Titan 'Parkside' AM/AOS. The flowers are going to be a deep red, so I'm hoping the color of the stalk is the way it is because the flowers are red, and not because it's brown from shriveling in the sun. It still seems pliable when I delicately touch it...it's not crispy, so I suppose that's good.
Okay, so is this plant "in sheath?" When do I get to say it's "in bud?" Is it when the actual buds are visible above the sheath?
I'll feel much better once I get all this terminology down! Hehee! Okay...someone tell me what's up with my plant, please!
Thanks as always, friends!