Cattleya Orchid seedlings Update – Thoughts on deficiencies
Today we take a look at the Cattleya seedlings that I have for the past couple of years!
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Here is an older video of these orchids in semi hydroponics https://youtu.be/602HhUUmAv8
Orchid seedlings are generally more sensitive and demanding that mature orchids. They always grow bigger structures so they always require more nutrients and water.
When something impairs nutrient absorption, such as lack of water, inadequate pH, etc., or we are dealing with an incomplete fertilizer, deficiencies appear. Cattleya seedlings are notorious for Calcium deficiencies, so I worked on resolving them!
No point to spill a ton of Calcium in the pot, if there are factors which prevent roots from picking it up, so DON”T DO THAT! Figure out what the issue is, it might be resolved much easier than you think!
Learn how to recognize a Calcium deficiency properly https://staugorchidsociety.org/PDF/CalciumDeficiencyInCattleyasbySueBottom.pdf
More images of Calcium deficiency https://staugorchidsociety.org/culturepests-environmental-calciumdef.htm
LECA ph issues https://youtu.be/-Q210w_gM3E
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Subtropical climate, hot summers and mild winters
60-90% humidity, always breezy
Growth space is kept at min 17C and max 29C
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LECA – Pokon or IKEA
Various organic mixes from rePotme http://bit.ly/2Dmu9mW
Sphagnum Moss – Spagmoss from Besgrow http://bit.ly/2LSZjEx or http://bit.ly/2WOF1D7
Fertilizer and supplements:
MSU Orchid fertilizer for osmosis / rain water http://bit.ly/2LS2bSg
Orchid Focus Bloom (when I need something low in N)
Pots, containers, baskets:
DIY self watering pots and masks from local flower shops
Lechuza self watering pots https://amzn.to/2wIUWq2
Wooden Vanda baskets http://bit.ly/2NfIlWI
Slotted pots from rePotme http://bit.ly/2Ds488b
LED shop panels from Leroy Merlin, 4000k
Tertial lamps from IKEA + 4000k LED bulbs (various brands)
Orvibo WiFi Smart Plugs https://amzn.to/2MLSR7T
Shirley’s Simple Shelving http://bit.ly/2qAcS1r
Lerberg and Mulig from IKEA
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