Thursday, August 11, 2011

Laelia lobata Coerulea 'Paulo Hoppe'

Laelia lobata Coerulea 'Paulo Hoppe' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI enjoy seeing a well grown, nicely shaped plant. My Laelia lobata Coerulea 'Paulo Hoppe' is a vigorous grower but has been hard to get nice looking. In January I removed two backbulbs and re-potted back in rock. In June it bloomed. Yesterday I made yet another attempt to get some shape into my collection plant.

Laelia 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.

Laelia lobata Coerulea 'Paulo Hoppe' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergLaelia lobata Coerulea 'Paulo Hoppe' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergWhen I took the plant out of the pot I was happy with the roots. All three pseudobulbs had some roots and there was a good amount of root for the three pseudobulbs. The problem was the direction the middle pseudobulb was growing. The pseudobulbs are long and thin and the leaf continues the line so that any misalignment is emphasized. I could not figure out a way to pot at least two pseudobulbs to look good.

I hated to do it but I took the youngest pseudobulb and potted it by itself. It had good roots and an active eye so I knew where the next growth would occur. This will spend the rest of the summer in the outdoor growing area where the light is directly overhead.

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