Sunday, February 5, 2012

Laelia Canariensis 'Golden Glow' HCC/AOS

The biggest change to my style of orchid growing was the addition of an outdoor, sheltered but unheated growing area. The climate here is not unlike the climate in the Mexican desert as far as temperature goes and I felt that my Laelia anceps and probably some other orchids could winter outside.

I may have to re-think that.

Laelia Canariensis 'Golden Glow' HCC/AOS damaged by cold

Laelia Canariensis 'Golden Glow' HCC/AOS - Flower photo by Richard LindbergWhen we had three or four nights with temperatures in the 20s, a month ago, the Lealia purpurata plants showed immediate damage but the anceps looked as if they were ok. But as time has passed, damage is more visible. All the spikes are gone, there will be no flowers at all this year.

The most damaged of the anceps hybrids outside was the Laelia Canariensis, the primary hybrid Laelia anceps x Laelia harpophylla. This plant from Steve Christoffersen is a division of the original awarded cultivar.

Changes for next year will be the addition of electricity. That will allow me to have some lights to generate a little heat. Perhaps a string of red peper or pink flamingo party lights.

1 comment:

  1. I'm SO sorry, Richard! I hope there is enough of the Canariensis left that it'll eventually recover. You are a brave soul to offer something to smile about when faced with such bad news. I'd be balling!