Saturday, January 21, 2012

Laelia purpurata 'Schristeriana'

Laelia purpurata 'Schristeriana'Laelia purpurata 'Schristeriana' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI went back and forth about whether to winter the Laelia purpurata outside with the Laelia anceps. I think I have my answer. The Cymbidiums and the anceps and anceps hybrids are fine.

This plant is in sphagnum over peanuts in a 5 1/2-inch clay pot. There is a new growth about an inch long that seems stressed but still ok. We had some nights that went down into the 20s. The plants were dry. They had not been watered for ten weeks. Even so, the sphagnum is not rock hard as might be expected. There has been dew on the plants that ran down into the medium.


  1. I'm sorry about the damage to your plant, although first-hand knowledge is good. If the medium had been bone dry would the plant have fared better against the cold?

  2. In nature, there is dew and when I read about 'dry' winter rest, that is mentioned. The damage seems to be limited to leaves, although time will tell. I will report on this in spring.

    In the meantime the five plants are now in the Sonoma greenhouse.