Friday, September 11, 2009

Laeliocattleya Trick or Treat

Laeliocattleya Trick or Treat - Flower photo by Richard LindbergLaeliocattleya Trick or Treat is used heavily in hybridizing. Lots of named hybrids have it in the background and there are many un-named hybrids where I see this plant as one of the parents.

It is also a very nice flower on its own. It is well worth the effort to rescue.

Lillian has an Lc Trick or Treat that put out a spike. The right thing to do with a sick plant is not to let it bloom. Blooming takes a lot of energy. But Lillian likes flowers and I didn't have a Trick or Treat picture, so we decided to let it bloom.

Laeliocattleya Trick or Treat - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThe pseudobulb tied to the stake is about normal size and the one that bloomed is to the right. A well grown plant will not have this happen. Each generation will be at least as big as the last.

As soon as the flower was done we cleaned it up and re-potted it as the picture shows. There is only a small amount of bark and the pseudobulb and stake are leaning against the side.

The plant is well on its way to recovery. (Mouse over to see the new growth!) It will go into smaller pot and that will sit inside a clay pot for stability. The main thing to watch out for now is water in the new growth.

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