Friday, December 5, 2008

How many rounds of rescue can a plant stand?

The genus Laelia About 60 species from Mexico through South America. They are highly varied.

Laelia anceps grows in Mexico and Honduras. It is warm to hot growing and needs a dry winter rest and bright light. If it is dry it can winter outside if there is no hard freeze.

This is a very weak lead that was badly potted and lost all the roots it developed. Two previous rescue attempts failed before I got the plant and it didn't look to strong to begin with. This will be a challenge as a third round rescue.

Still, there is a good chance that this plant will recover. Laelia and Cattleya are very hardy. A grower friend who specializes in Cattleya and Laelia ties a tag to the plants and adds them to a pile. Every once in awhile he checks them.

I am very interested in saving this plant. It is Laelia anceps 'Sea God' and is a division of a plant from the Raymond Burr collection. I haven't seen what the flower looks like, but the plant is interesting from a local history standpoint alone.

The plant is now in with the other backbulbs supported by limestone chunks and with the pot sitting on wet sphagnum moss for just a hint of moisture.

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