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Catasetum Tenebrosum X Catasetum Pileatum Spikes or shoots?

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Posted 30 July 2015 - 04:23 PM

Catasetum Tenebrosum X Catasetum Pileatum

New to catasetum.
Just acquired a catasetum, brought it home and found 2 little nubbins at the base of bulbs.
However, there are two large new growth already leafing and sending out roots.
The thing is, I wasn't sure if these two new growth are out from the other older bulbs or from the bulbs with nubbins.
It has been quite confusing and hard to check where do these new growth come out from.
Anyone to enlighten if the nubbins look like spike or shoot?

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/20150729_215323_zpsigd2dvf6.jpg

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/20150729_215300_zpsh2lk93nd.jpg

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/20150729_215254_zpsarxxecop.jpg

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Posted 30 July 2015 - 07:27 PM

should be new growth.
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Posted 06 August 2015 - 11:19 AM

I brought it home days ago. I pulled it out of its flimsy plastic pot and tucked into a hard plastic pot with holes. Loosely filled the surrounding with sphagnum moss, watered it. Guess what?! A few days later, the whole root ball has rotted. At first, the roots above the media looked brown and felt mushy. I was thinking that something bad is going on. When I pulled it out, the root ball was already a goner There were fungus web all over the root ball, even the new growth were rotted. It's horrific. I had no choice but ditched the plant (I have no patient, no extra space to keep and revive a horribly sulky plant with no root) It would take years for it to come back.

But, why is this happening? Was it because of the immediate repotting and watering. I had no problem with my catts though. Or it applies only on catasetum? Catasetum's roots look fleshier and more fragile.

I feel like I was dumping my money away :ranting2:/>

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Posted 07 August 2015 - 01:33 PM

I didn't give up on Catasetum. I went to Song and grabbed myself another one in bloom. Hope I manage to not killing it.
Nice spicy scent throughout the day and night. Combination of green with yellow tinge is just amazing. I can't help but keep checking on its blooms. The drawback is the newest pseudobulb is much smaller than the older ones.

How could I make the next new growth bigger? Should I feed it when it's in bloom? (it's got another spike coming at the bottom, 1 inch tall at the moment).
By the way, when do I stop watering it? I read on the internet, after the last few leaves drop?

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/2015-08-07%2014.10.22_zpsaspmc28w.jpg?1438928184516&1438928186843

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/20150807_103239-1_zpsrwkmoffk.jpg?1438924929419&1438924932608&1438924957060

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Posted 13 August 2015 - 09:52 AM

Is Catasetum's blooms really short-lived? It lasted only slightly close to a week.
But the structure of blooms is really astonishing with the heavy substance on the lip.
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