Saturday, May 8, 2010

Laelia sincorana

Laelia sincorana - Flower photo by Richard LindbergSCOS had their annual show and sale last February and there were many, many great plants for sale. I was sorely tempted, but didn't buy any. Except one. I walked past it several times and it called to me every time.

Laelia sincorana - Plant photo by Richard LindbergLaelia sincorana grows in Brazil on rocks and bushes in Sincorana mountain range at the 3000 to 5000 foot altitude range. It is cool to warm growing and does best mounted. Give it a completely dry winter rest.

The plant had poor roots and actually was two pieces put in to fill the pot. Not the best possible start, but I went for the "lemonade" option. I mounted half and cut the other half into individual backbulbs. I put the mounted half in the warmest and brightest spot I had.

The mounted piece has formed a new pseudobulb and has bloomed!! No new roots have formed but it is not uncommon for the new growth to live off the rest of the plant before forming its own roots.


  1. You give the mounted piece no water (other than misting) since it has no roots?

  2. It doesn't need any water but it is hanging up with the other mounts so it does get wet. It can't absorb water so the effect is the same as misting.

    It could get along just fine dry if I watch for root growth.