Thursday, August 25, 2011

Laelia anceps 'Irwins' AM/RHS x self

Laelia anceps 'Irwins' AM/RHS x self - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg

I saw a Laelia anceps for sale in spike on eBay. This is earlier than I would expect spikes. I started looking more closely at my plants when I watered them this week and I found my first spike too!

Laelia anceps 'Irwins' AM/RHS x self - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI did an impulse buy of a good sized Laelia anceps 'Irwins' AM/RHS x self August before last. It was a variety I didn't have. It was late in the growing season and I should have waited until spring to divide it. I have got very little to show for that purchase since most of the pieces have died.

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. This plant is in sphagnum over clay in a 5 1/2-inch clay pot. There are three pseudobulbs and it stands 9 inches above the pot.

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