Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Laelia lundii

A sprouted Laelia lundii division - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg

Laelia lundii divisions waiting to sprout - Plant photo by Richard LindbergOne of the plants from the SCOS BBQ and auction was a mounted Laelia lundii. Shortly after getting it I broke it into twelve pieces, put the pieces in a bowl and covered them with paper towel.

Laelia lundii grows in Brazil on the coastal mountains. It is warm growing, fragrant and blooms winter and spring.

The bowl has been sitting on my desk ever since. About once a week I have filled the bowl with water and then drained it out. I was waiting for the start of new growth to mount them.

The Laelia lundii before dividing - Plant photo by Richard LindbergWhen an orchid sprouts it most often sprouts from the youngest pseudobulb. If I were planning to pot a division, I could just assume that to be true and pot accordingly.

For mounting it is also important to know from which side of the pseudobulb the sprout will grow. I want the sprout to be against the surface of the mount so that the roots will attach right away. Four of the twelve divisions are ready to mount now. I am sure that the others will follow fairly soon.

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