Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Laelia anceps

Laelia anceps  CLA2586Laelia anceps  CLA2586Laelia anceps  CLA2586 - Plant photo by Richard LindbergLast month I got a new Laelia anceps. I bought it because it was inexpensive and I loved the flower picture. It is the perfect example of a well-grown plant that started as a rootless, leafless pseudobulb.

Laelia anceps grows well and blooms well in cultivation. It grows in Mexico and Honduras. It is warm to hot growing, needs a dry winter rest and bright light. If it is dry it can winter outside if there is no hard freeze.

I removed it from the rock and plastic to re-pot in sphagnum and clay. There are still two months in the growing season and it will have time to get established.

To improve the appearance of the pot I removed the original pseudobulb. I thought about throwing it away, but when I looked closely, I saw a little tab at the base. That is an eye, a place that new growth can spring from. I am going to keep it and see if it will produce a second plant.


  1. Thank you for the close-up picture of the eye. I never knew how to identify one.

  2. Your site is one of my learning sources, and the reason I am perennial to your blog. You cannot go wrong with Laelia Anceps, they are low maintenance throughout the year. Maria Palanca

  3. At Santa Barbara Orchid Estates, they would just put the pot with plant and rocks in successively larger empty pots and eventually into a 10 inch basket.