PSEUDOBULBS: Cracking

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by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

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Cattleyas sometimes develop horizontal cracks or breaks in their pseudobulbs and the upper part can break off under the weight of the flowers; the cause in not known; it may be genetic; illus. AH59

It may be inherited or caused by the lack of boron; apply a solution of 1 tpg. of boric acid four or five times a year. S215; this will kill the plant OWD

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PSEUDOBULBS: Blackening and Dying It is probably one of the black rot diseases; try Banrot at 1 ttpg. or Benlate at 1/2 ttpg. plus Truban at 1 ttpg. mixed. A76-403 0
PSEUDOBULBS: Broken To prevent infection expose the broken surface to air and allow the cells to dry. A71-1021 0
PSEUDOBULBS: Disfigured by Horizontal Cracking These unusual splits are physiological disorders which weaken the pseudobulb: and easily cause breaking, sometimes by its own weight. A85-1335 0
PSEUDOBULBS: Dormant Too many of them on a plant often indicates that a poor root system exists. OD68-172 0
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PSEUDOBULBS: Twisted Bulbs on Cattleyas These can develop for no apparent reason, except that water lodging in immature growths may be the cause. A85-832 0
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