Hollow dried roots
After noticing several surface level roots dry out and die on my Ctt Jewel Box (formerly 'Slc Jewel Box'), I became concerned with the health of the plant and decided to repot. Although cattleyas are said to be finicky about repotting, I figured that the orchid wasn't doing much growth currently anyway, so that if there was trouble beneath the surface I would rather find out sooner than later.
Ctt Jewel Box before and after trimming dead roots
When I removed the orchid from its pot, I was actually pleasantly surprised by the health of its root system. The root mass was significantly large, and at least half of the roots were in good health. In the left panel above shows the dark dead roots and the healthy tan ones. I trimmed away most of the old or dying roots and repotted the cattlianthe into a slightly bigger ceramic pot.
I arranged the orchid slightly off-center, so that the two newest pseudobulbs face the middle of the pot, with plenty of room for further growth. I've heard that cattleya orchids can pout for a long while if their roots are disturbed, so we'll see how successful my repotting has been. Hopefully the orchid will be happy in its new pot, and I won't have to move it for a while.