Sunday, February 26, 2012

Laelia purpurata 'Schristeriana'

We had some days in December where the night time low was in the twenties and the high in the upper 40s. I have been wintering some plants outside for the first time and these Laelias suffered cold damage. The hardest hit were the Laelia purpurata.

Laelia purpurata 'Schristeriana' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergLaelia purpurata grows in Brazil and needs a dry winter rest. It is fragrant, cool to hot growing and needs bright light. It can bloom any time from late spring into fall.

At the time of the cold nights the plants were quite dry. They had not been watered for at least a month but had had some dew, so the sphagnum surface was not rock hard. There was immediate blackening of the leaves. I moved the five plants to Sonoma where they could be inside the greenhouse. This is the only one of the five that looks now like it is not just damaged but is dead.

Next winter I will try again. I will have electricity so I can have a string of lights and some plastic around the plants to raise the temperature a bit.

1 comment:

  1. I also tried wintering my Laelia purpurata outside this year in a sheltered, dry area. Once night-time lows regularly hit 35F (Los Altos) my large, dry plant looked like it was suffering so I brought it in and it's doing just fine now. I think mid-30's is the lowest I will allow from here on.

    Eric

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