Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Laelia lobata Coerulea 'Paulo Hoppe'

Laelia lobata Coerulea 'Paulo Hoppe' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergIn January I divided Laelia lobata Coerulea 'Paulo Hoppe' and now the the lead division has bloomed. I ended up with four divisions, two leads and two backbulb divisions. I grow it in Sonoma in the brightest, hotest spot I can find.

Laelia lobata Coerulea 'Paulo Hoppe' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergLaelia lobata grows in Brazil on the coast on rocks exposed to full sun and ocean spray. It is cool to hot growing, fragrant and blooms in spring.

I kept one of the backbulb divisions and gave away the other as the free plant for January. My backbulb division has sprouted nicely but haven't heard what is going on with the other.

I am a little conflicted about this species. It is from Brazil, and that is the way my collection is going. But it is also a large plant, so large that a potted blooming-sized division would be a difficult and expensive to ship.

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