Cattleya walkeriana

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  1. Feb 19, 2020 #1

    Djthomp28

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    I have had this plant for several years. Being terrified of repotting at the wrong time, I started simply placing it in a larger clay pot instead of actually repotting it. Then another clay pot. And here it is today. About 6 pounds of terracotta pots and plant.
    The back of the plant is also blooming.

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    The challenge now is the size and space it takes up. I grow under lights in the winter. it would take up an entire tray if I put it under the lights, where it would be happiest. Right now it is sitting by the sliding glass door. Thankfully it gets southern exposure. Not that that carries a lot of weight in Cleveland winters.
     
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    *grinning* I've done that in the past as well.
    I finally got tired of hefting the pot(s) and
    divided the plant.
     
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    You feel my pain. I have learned my lesson. The pot in a pot works great but there comes a time when dividing is necessary to manage the weight of the plant. When it grows like this, I don't know where to start. It will be looking for a new home this year.
     
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    And now we know the secret to growing this species - multiple layers of clay pots! Awesome plant, uniquely grown and flowered.
     
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    When you’re this big, they call you Mister Walker!
     
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    Amazing. Did you fill in new mix between the pot layers? Or just empty pots? It would be cool to see a video or photo series of you taking this big bad plant apart.
     
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    Just empty pots.
    I will strong consider the picture or video documentation. It is going to be a task. I have full intentions of calling a friend for support.
     
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    Support will be nice, but a good hammer and a deep
    breath is really all that's required. If you soak the whole
    shebang in warm water, the damage will be acceptable.
    Most of the very old roots probably won't be actively
    growing anyway.
     
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    I think we’d all be grateful! Pulling for you.
     

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