Friday, January 13, 2012

Laeliocattleya Puppy Love

Libby and I are doing a trade of backbulbs. She sent me these two Lc Puppy Love backbulbs. It is a small plant, it has a very beautiful lavender flower, it is a L anceps hybrid and was registered by Stewart in 1970. Any of those would be enough for me to want it as part of my collection.

These are interesting in another way. If I was offered only one of them, which one would I pick? One has leaves and some root while the other has neither.

I would take the rootless, leafless piece. When I wet the root on the other, it got a little green color for only half an inch. Even if all the root had been live, it would not have been enough to support the two leaves. In fact, I would not be surprised if the leaves died and fell off.

Both pieces will be staked up together in a pot of rocks. Bamboo skewers make good stakes for small things that need some support. We'll see how they do.

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