What you need to know about Cattleya Roots before purchasing

 

About four months ago, the Rhyncholaeliacattleya Young-Min Gold pictured had dropped more than half its roots from transit, so I wanted to use this opportunity as an education piece for all those who are new to Cattleya. SWIPE to see photo of roots in June 2020 compared to Oct 2020. The Rhyn.Young-Min Gold is now blooming with five blooms, coupled with amazing root growth.

  1. Cattleya roots are among the most sensitive of all orchids when it comes to transport.  When a Cattleya is shipped, whether it is potted or bare root, a significant percentage of its roots will be desecrated from the movement alone. Fortunately, Cattleyas have outstanding root regeneration ability, which is part of their natural tenacity to regenerate.
  2. Tip: regardless of how established a seller claims an orchid is when it's sold, it is highly recommended to repot  it when received. We ship most of our plants bare root so that the orchid can more easily adapt to its new environment.
  3. Even Cattleyas purchased and picked up from local nurseries generally need repotting.
    • Uncertainty about how long the Cattleya has been established in its pot. The medium could be at a decayed stage.
    • It is likely the nursery environment provided substantial light, thus able to use high water retaining medium. Best to repot into a medium that suits one's own growing environment
    • Pest control - there is always a chance of hitchhikers.  Best to clean out the media along with any unwelcomed visitors.

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