Thursday, February 17, 2011

Laelia purpurata carnea #69 x carnea 'Maria da Gloria'

Laelia purpurata carnea #69 x carnea 'Maria da Gloria' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergSometimes I can actually see eye glazing over when I mention three or more years from backbulb to flower. But the fact is, if I have space, I will eventually have a plant. In September 2008 the plant you see below was a single sprouted backbulb. Now it has four pseudobulbs and good roots. There is a pretty good chance that it will bloom this year.

Laelia purpurata carnea #69 x carnea 'Maria da Gloria' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergLaelia purpurata carnea #69 x carnea 'Maria da Gloria' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergLaelia purpurata grows in Brazil and needs a dry winter rest. It is fragrant, cool to hot growing and needs bright light. It can bloom any time from late spring into fall.

This plant is in rock in a 3 1/2-inch plastic pot. It is the same pot I put in in 2+ years ago. With its short rhizome, I won't need to do anything for a year, maybe two. Even then, I will up-pot it in a 4-inch pot, also in rock.

One of the best features of rock is that it holds almost no water. Over-potting is not really the issue it would be with other media.

3 comments:

  1. L. purpurata, in all its varieties is one of my favorite catts. I started out with the ordinary one, then over the years, added werkhauseri, carnea, flammea, and striata. They're still mostly dormant this time of year, but a quick look at my carnea shows it's got a whole bunch of new leads, and one sheath from last year that's starting to fatten. Best of luck with yours blooming this year.

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  2. I like them too. A specimen purpurata can be glorious. I just wish the plants weren't so large.

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  3. "I just wish the plants weren't so large."

    Same here, especially since I'm still a "windowsill grower," although to some extent, the upright growth habit keeps the footprint relatively small. By way of comparison, I have a C. Sea Breeze 'Fellrath's Pride' that takes up more bench space than the much taller L. pupuratas.

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