Friday, July 10, 2009

Dividing Laelia anceps striata type

Laelia anceps striata type - Photo by Richard LindbergLaelia anceps striata type - Photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Laelia (L) has about 60 species from Mexico through South America. They are highly varied. Due to the naming wars, most of the South American Laelias are being moved to Cattleya.

Laelia anceps grows well and blooms well. It 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.

I have divided my collection plant into 8 3 1/2-inch pots and 1 4-inch pot. How much sphagnum moss does it take to fill these nine pots? The answer is 20 liters. That seems like a lot but I cram every bit of sphagnum I can in the pot. They are very tight.

This plant had 17 pseudobulbs. I took some leads last year and decided to divide the rest of the plant. There were two leads and seven backbulb groupings. Not all of them will sprout, but most will. I will take the whole group to Sonoma where I can keep them dry and the light level is high.

The tightly packed sphagnum and high light levels work pretty well for growing Laelia anceps. When I water I get them soaking wet, then let it dry until the sphagnum is crispy.


  1. Hi Richand,
    I'm a hobbyist grower on the Central Coast who is really into L anceps. I like the your L. anceps striata! Do you have a division with a new growth for sale?
    Do you grow your in moss or just after dividing?
    Gene Baum
    Lompoc, CA

  2. Growing Laelia anceps in sphagnum is tricky and they should be in a clay pot. I am taking a chance using plastic. I monitor them closely and let them dry out well.

    I will be selling again on EBay in April but since there is no weather problem to worry about, I can look at the plants. They are currently in their dry winter rest period. 5 of them have spikes but most don't as expected.

    I will be in touch about this in a day or two. The striata is one of my favorites.