most important plant care tip for Cattleya after transplanting is DO
nature, Cattleya grow in the trees
and on rocks with their roots exposed to the elements. Their roots are
acustomed to good air circulation and they dry out quickly
after rain showers.
The LECA pebbles in our
System are excellent for Cattleya roots. They drain quickly and won't
decompose or compact over time, promoting maximum air flow at the roots.
Healthy cattleya roots
New Cattleya Transplants
might take a little time adjusting to their new home. (This
is especially true if you're transplanting during the cooler
winter months when new growth is slow.) During the first 4-6
weeks water new transplant sparingly. Just pour a KLN solution of 2
TBLS per gallon through the root system. Don't allow standing
water at the base. We're not using the water gauge yet - except as a
handle to lift the plant.
this process 1-2 times each week until you see signs of new
growth. (This might take a couple of months during
the winter season.) You're going to need a little patience here.
Remove plant and inner pot
Pour KLN solution through
the pebbles at sink
Return plant to outer
pot. Do not allow standing water at the base yet
the Transplant - What to Look For
New growth means your plant has
adapted to hydroponics. Now you can start using the water
gauge to help establish your
watering schedule. Remember, cattleya don't like constant moisture so
be sure to
allow plenty of time for the system to dry out completely between
better te error on the dry side here.
|Water to 1/4 - 1/2 on
gauge. Never go above the "Opt" line.
|Wait until gauge reads
"Min". Then lift plant and check bottom of the outer po for
moisture. Rewater only after system is completely dry. This
might take 2-3 weeks!
New roots pushing out the
bottom of the culture pot is another good sign (this will take several
months). Also, notice root growing vertically in the upper left corner
near my thumb. This is normal. Healthy roots don't always grow
inside the pebbles.
|Most Cattleya form entirely new
root systems after transplanting. This photo
was taken about a month after transplanting (during active growth
season). Notice the vigorous new hydroponic roots forming
around the LECA pebbles.
the Transplant - Possible Trouble
plants take their time adapting
to the system. We've seen Cattlyeas that look really bad make full
recoveries in our system. Don't give up!
If your plant has wilted
leaves several weeks after transplanting, it's not absorbing
moisture at the roots.
Wilting leaves! Your
first instinct is more water.
Stop! That's exactly
the wrong response!
need more air,
water. Time to take a look and
see what's going on inside the grow pot.
Don't worry if the leaves
Gently remove plant from
culture pot and inspect the root system. This plant has been over
watered. As you can see, new roots are forming but the old roots are
away the old decaying roots and wash system again.
Old roots on left have
been removed. New plant on right will be planted again.
New plant - ready to try
routine is back to pouring a KLN solution of 2 TBLS per
gallon through the root system. Don't allow standing water at
the base until you see new growth.