Sunday, April 1, 2012

Cattleya CH4067

I have a large Cattleya that I got from Steve Christoffersen a few months ago. It had a tag that read "4067" and was supposed to have come from Carter & Holmes more than 20 years ago. It was in an 8-inch clay pot where it had been for several years.

Cattleya CH4067 - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThe plant has finished blooming. It is growing out of the pot and although there are quite a number of pseudobulbs there is only one lead. I decided to divide and repot, trying for large divisions if possible.

Normally I would not spend much effort on an un-named Catt hybrid. This one is different. The flowers are huge and beautiful. It looks very similar to C Pamela Hetheringon but the lip is different enough that I would not be comfortable calling it that.

Re-potting will be a challenge. It has a very tight rootball and I had to break the pot to get it out. No matter how carefully and slowly I work, there will be lots of root damage.

2 comments:

  1. Richard,
    How often are you required to break a clay pot to get a plant out? I have not been in the practice of potting in clay, but have a couple I purchased from Steve actually that are in clay (and I think I kinda like it). Is there an easy way to loosen the roots that look like they are more less glued to the pot? It's easy with plastic since one can squeeze and bend the pot to help free the roots.
    Thanks,
    Stephen

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  2. I seldom have to break a pot. If the plant is re-potted once in awhile, the pot will fill with roots but still have medium around them. If left for years and years, the plant will get so wedged in that it can't be got out.

    The general shape of a clay pot is good but roots will stick to it. If there is some room left, I can get something down inside the pot and unstick those roots. Packed this tightly I couldn't do anything.

    Steve is the authority on Catt growing as far as I am concerned. The weather today looks very nice so I plan on doing this as soon as I get back from the maintenance work in Sonoma.

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