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.

3 comments:

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

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  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

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  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.

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