Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Laelia anceps victoriana 'Santa Barbara Blue'

Laelia anceps victoriana 'Santa Barbara Blue' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergLaelia anceps victoriana 'Santa Barbara Blue' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergRight now I have quite a few of what I consider high value backbulbs, primarily Laelia anceps.

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.

Conventional wisdom says that sphagnum and plastic is an unmanageable combination for a Laelia, but I have had to learn some things the hard way in my life. I know that if I am going to pull this off I have to watch the moisture level closely.

I check the pots daily and pick each one up for close inspection every Tuesday. Some weeks there are no sprouts, but yesterday I found two to move into the sprouted group. There are still more unsprouted than sprouted, but there is a fairly steady trickle of new sprouts as the weeks pass.

Patience, Richard. Patience.

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