Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Laelia anceps 'Figment' x 'Marble Queen'

Laelia anceps 'Figment' x 'Marble Queen' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThe Laelia anceps 'Figment' x 'Marble Queen' is the last of the anceps to bloom. It has a 27-inch spike and 3 very pretty white flowers. This plant is in sphagnum in a 5-inch clay pot. There are four pseudobulbs and it stands 12 inches above the pot.

Laelia anceps grows well and blooms well in cultivation. It grows in Mexico and Honduras. It is warm to hot growing, needs a dry winter rest and bright light. If it is dry it can winter outside if there is no hard freeze.

I have been resisting the clay pot and sphagnum moss way of potting Cattleya and Laelia. I am not sure why since I have the great example of how well it works for Steve Christoffersen. But I am coming around. I will have my outdoor growing area done by the end of the month and will start moving the anceps outside at the beginning of May. Doing it before the night temperatures are higher would be too much of a shock to the plants grown in a heated greenhouse all winter.


  1. Wow, very nice. I am anxiously waiting for the first of my growing anceps collection, I currently have three, to bloom. I also have another on the way from Steve Christoffersen. I mentioned to him in our emailing that I learned of his ebay offerings through your blog.
    If I was considering a division of one of my anceps, when is the best time in the growing cycle to do it?? I was thinking I would take off the two newest bulbs as a division since the plant is really reaching out of the pot. I am thinking of dividing it soon before the new lead starts growing, it has several new roots growing currently.

  2. The best time to divide is when a new growth is developing and is beginning to grow roots. Wait until you can see the roots.

    Which variety did you get?

  3. I just purchased L. anceps Barkeriana X Royal Flush, and L. purpurata Cindarosa X Carmencita. I really like the Figment variety too. Have to wait for spring in Canada before shipping.