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Laelia longipes (lucasiana) var. coerulea

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by KellyW, Aug 1, 2014.

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  1. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I received this little beauty in a trade. This is the first blooming for me. This is a miniature Brazilian rupicolous Laelia.
    Laelia lucasiana plant-900.jpg Laelia lucasiana2-1000.jpg
     
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    MattWoelfsen Active Member

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    Such a beautiful flower and plant. I have several Laelia rupicolous species like Laelia lilliputiana, Laelia ghillanyi, etc. I have given away several large Cattleya to make room for these small plants.
     
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    xmpraedicta Prairie angraecoid nut Supporting Member

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    I grew some of these from seed over 7 years ago, still no blooms! any cultural recommendations?
     
  4. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Calvin, I assure you I am not an expert with rupicolous Laelias. If I can perfect the culture I'll get lots more. However, this one is in LECA and charcoal in a 2" terracotta pot, intermediate temps, and gets flooded with water daily. Being in LECA and terracotta it dries out rapidly. Light is very bright with full sun (or as full as you can get through algae tinted polycarbonate :rolleyes:) for part of the day. Fertilizer is with every watering via a Dosatron injector.
     
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    Tyson Ex-Situ

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    Very nice!
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That is lovely, Kelly. I'm still trying to figure out the culture. I do get some to bloom, but not as regularly or as well as I would like. But I am always happy when they do bloom.