Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Laelia Canariensis 'Golden Glow' HCC/AOS

Laelia Canariensis 'Golden Glow' HCC/AOS - Plant photo by Richard Lindberg

Laelia Canariensis 'Golden Glow' HCC/AOS - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI like all my plants but there is one I look at and picture the glory of five spikes of Golden Glow flowers in the center of the Sonoma County Orchid Society's display at our Spring Show and Sale next February. I know that things can go wrong between now and then or the flowers simply might not be open. Still.....

Laelia Canariensis is the primary hybrid Laelia anceps x Laelia harpophylla and was originally made in 1906 by Ingram. This plant from Steve Christoffersen is a division of the original awarded cultivar.

Laelia Canariensis last April right after divisionThis pot can be in the display but cannot be judged for a ribbon. It is actually three plants, the result of cutting the rhizome of a plant in two places. The pot has filled quickly considering that I only did this in April, but five new growths take up space.

Next spring after blooming I will separate the plants and sell two of them. I know that three divisions of the same plant is not three times the fun.

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