Thursday, June 27, 2013

Laelia lobata Coerulea 'Paulo Hoppe'

Laelia lobata Coerulea 'Paulo Hoppe' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergLaelia lobata Coerulea 'Paulo Hoppe' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThis Laelia lobata is an example of how backbulb propagation is supposed to work.

The top of the plant looked great. There were the original two backbulbs trimmed from the collection plant in 2011. It sprouted and was potted in sphagnum and clay in November. Laelia lobata Coerulea 'Paulo Hoppe' - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe sprout matured in 2012 and it sprouted three new growths. When I pulled this backbulb division out of the pot, here is what I found.

The roots on the 2012 growth are strong as shown by the size of the pseudobulb. It is quite large for a first sprout even it is is smaller than the backbulbs.

Laelia lobata grows in Brazil on the coast on rocks exposed to full sun and ocean spray. It is cool to hot growing, fragrant and blooms in spring. The genus Laelia (L) has a few species in Mexico and parts of Central America. Most species that were in the Laelia genus have been moved to Cattleya.

Since I have two other divisions, this will be on eBay this week starting Saturday afternoon. I hope to have a longer list than the two I have this week.

1 comment:

  1. Ooh I can't wait until this one goes up for auction!