Monday, December 5, 2011

Laelia anceps x Cattleya Coquina

Laelia anceps x Cattleya Coquina sprout with roots - Photo by Richard Lindberg

A couple of months ago I got a plant that turned out to have no roots. I cleaned it up and put the whole thing, several pseudobulbs, in a 4-inch plastic pot full of rock pieces. Right away two sprouts appeared.

The other day I noticed that one of the sprouts had a spike. This will sometimes happen as a last resort when a plant is close to death. I took the plant out of the rocks as was relieved to find decent roots. I am going to leave the spike alone until the flower opens so I can get a picture.

This plant is potted in sphagnum over peanuts in a 3 1/2-inch clay pot. There is a single pseudobulb with good roots and stands six inches above the pot. There is another sprout slightly smaller and it has also been potted. None of the original plant could be saved.

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