Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Laelia lobata Coerulea 'Paulo Hoppe'

Laelia lobata Coerulea 'Paulo Hoppe' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergLaelia lobata Coerulea 'Paulo Hoppe' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergThe guideline for making a division is three to five pseudobulbs. There are, however, exceptions. This plant is one. In August of 2011, just over two years ago, this was a single pseudobulb. Everything to the left of that is new since then.

Laelia lobata Coerulea 'Paulo Hoppe' after only two years

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.

Laelia lobata Coerulea 'Paulo Hoppe' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergLaelia lobata Coerulea 'Paulo Hoppe' as of 26 months ago - Plant photo by Richard LindbergI had a three pseudobulb division. All three pseudobulbs roots. The problem was the direction the middle pseudobulb was growing. The pseudobulbs are long and thin and the leaf continues the line so that any misalignment is emphasized.

I took the youngest pseudobulb and potted it by itself. It had good roots and an active eye that looked ready to go. It started growing right away and now has three leads.

I will need to re-pot in the spring. I can keep a two-lead division and sell a division that has the third lead.

4 comments:

  1. Well done. Looks like a vigorous clone.

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  2. Looks like you have been busy.

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  3. Like to keep laelia whatever the species is for they are cold tolerance and can withstand blasting summer heat. They are portable. Maria Palanca

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  4. Wow! I'd love to have a piece of that.
    Let me know when it's ready to divide again...
    mrminer071166@yahoo.com
    ---Mark Miner, San Diego.
    (I'm helping the students do an outdoor orchid tree at UCSD, 1/2 from the beach. It's all done in blue catts. So L. lobata v. coerulea would have a good home...)

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