Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Laelia anceps backbulbs

Laelia anceps victoriana 'Santa Barbara Blue' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergOrchids in general are hardy, but Laelia anceps is right at the top. They are hard to kill and almost all backbulbs sprout. The backbulbs in the picture below are a great example of how strong they can be.

These backbulbs were cut in 2009 and immediately sprouted. That sprout grew, then a second pseudobulb developed in the 2010 growing season. This spring, I removed the original backbulb from several plants and taped a label to each. During the greenhouse spring cleaning, these two lost their tags. I set them aside and now I see that they are both sprouting.

Laelia anceps 'Mendenhall' AM/AOS - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThese are this month's free orchids. They are one of my varieties, so when they bloom they can be identified. But I don't want to wait that long. My best guess is that is is one of the two pictured, but I really don't know.

The rules are the same as always: You pay actual postage and it comes Priority Mail. (I'll let you know, but it will be around $6.) If you have not had a free orchid before, add a comment claiming it and them go to this page to get my direct email address so we can work out the details. "First time" restriction ends at 4pm PDT on Wednesday the 29th. After that time, anybody who wants it can have it. Continental US only please.


  1. Hi Richard, I'd love one of these, please. I don't think I've gotten a freebie from you before. I'll email you to work out details. Thanks very much!


  2. Hi Richard,
    I have never gotten a freebie, and would be interested in the other division. I'll email you directly. THANKS!


  3. Albert, send me the email with your shipping address and I'll get them off tomorrow.

    As for the postage, I'll let each know and you can send a check or use Paypal at the same email address. I'll send it without waiting for the payment, I know where you live. ;}

  4. Great! I sent you an email with my address.