Sunday, January 8, 2012

Laelia anceps x Cattleya Coquina

Laelia anceps x Cattleya Coquina - Flower photo by Richard LindbergLaelia anceps x Cattleya Coquina - Plant photo by Richard LindbergAfter I cleaned up this plant in October I had only two single pseudobulb divisions. They both started to grow right away and one of them produced a bud in December. After a bit of agonizing, I decided to let it bloom.

DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. A single pseudobulb that tries to bloom means that the plant is very weak. It will put all its remaining energy into the flower and may bloom itself to death. Better to cut off the spike as soon as it forms.

It has now bloomed and contrary to the previous paragraph looks as if it is doing fine. The other plant has now started a spike and I will cut that one off. I cannot resist the chance to get a flower picture it seems.

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.

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