Monday, July 27, 2009

Laelia dayana 'Hartford' AM/AOS

Laelia dayana 'Hartford' AM/AOS - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Laelia (L) has about 60 species from Mexico through South America. They are highly varied.

Laelia dayana grows in Brazil near Rio de Janeiro in a fairly broad range or altitudes, 1500-6000 feet. It is cool to warm growing blooms in summer. It does well mounted and needs a dry winter rest.

This is the third plant I got from Steve Christoffersen. All three are exciting but this is the one I am looking forward to blooming.

The division came with a good quantity of roots, but they are in-the-pot roots which don't always make the transition to mounting well. The good news is there is a new growth just starting and that will produce a nice crop of mount adapted roots.

•   •   •   •   •   •   •   • Cattleya intermedia re-mount   •   •   •   •

Cattleya intermedia orlata 'Sendai' SM/JOGA - Plant photo by Richard LindbergYesterday when I looked at the job I did on the mount I could see that I had broken one of the most important rules for working with orchids.

DON'T RUSH

Whether it is re-potting, watering or any greenhouse task, haste makes waste.

The positioning here is only slightly higher than before and right in the center of the mount. Looks much better and the next new growth will likely go straight up the mount. With the short rhizome there is space for at least five years growth.

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