Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cattleya walkeriana

Tony writes: Can you give me your thoughts on the smaller p'bulbs?

I bought this Cattleya walkeriana 'Pendentive' with a couple of new p'bulbs and it has added several since, all much smaller than the old back-bulbs. The C. walkeriana looks healthy enough and it is in full sun (inside a patio enclosure, about 40% shade). It continues to put out new growths.

This is a rescue plant well on its way to full recovery. The previous owner got it sprouted. You have kept it going and it is responding. Good job, Tony!

Cattleya walkeriana ('The Chairman' x 'Cadillac') - Flower photo by Richard LindbergWhen a weak plant sprouts, it draws energy from a non-renewable source, the old pseudobulbs. As far as the plant is concerned, the only goal is to create a renewable source, a generation of pseudobulbs with live roots. The first generation is often quite small. The live roots are what will build the next generation.

The second generation might not be full sized either but will be larger than the first and may or may not bloom. It is better for the plant to cut spikes off of the second generation. The third generation ought to be back to close-to-normal size.

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