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Laelia lundii

This is a discussion on Laelia lundii within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Kind of a tiny one. Flower is about 2 cm across. I took this pic ...

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    Default Laelia lundii

    Kind of a tiny one. Flower is about 2 cm across. I took this pic when the last bloom was a bit past prime, but it's still kind of a cool plant.

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    oh... I have one of these and I was really disappointed when the leaves formed with no sheath at the top... thought "that was it for flowers, wait another year", but after seeing your plants and flowers, I can now still hope that it will send out a spike from the bottom of the p/b. Do they flower only on new growths?

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    and I love them clear crisp colours with the striking lip... nice...

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    These are really deceptive little plants. Before they flower, what looks like a new PB starts at the base of the old growth, but it doesn't develop any leaves, a bud pops out of the top. A few weeks after the flower fades, leaves start to emerge from where the flower was. It totally caught me off guard. I love strange little surprises like this.

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    Good growing , cute flowers , thanks for sharing it . Gin

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    Ooo, I like it very much. Thanks for adding to my wish list!RSJ

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    What a beautiful little Laelia - I am green wit envy. But what is the trick to bloom this species, have had it since 2000 and it grows and branches freely, but never seen a flower. Have it haning "high" on the east side of me greenhouse, but we dont have that very much light during winter, temps go down to 57Fahrenheit (14C). So what is your secret trick?

    Greetings/ Karen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen
    What a beautiful little Laelia - I am green wit envy. But what is the trick to bloom this species, have had it since 2000 and it grows and branches freely, but never seen a flower. Have it haning "high" on the east side of me greenhouse, but we dont have that very much light during winter, temps go down to 57Fahrenheit (14C). So what is your secret trick?

    Greetings/ Karen
    Hi Karen,

    I'm not sure what part of the world you're in, so it's hard to make any comments about your possible conditions. Our winters are kind of cloudy too, but this one really hasn't been much of a problem. Since this plant is from the prairie regions of Brazil I do keep it rather dry after the new growth is mature. When I see it getting ready to bloom, I do increase water a bit but still keep it on the dry side. My winter temps are usually in the low 70's day/low 60's at night. That's about all I can tell you although others have commented about having difficulty blooming this plant also.

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    Sorry for not mentioning my location, Denmark in northern Europe. Have a greenhouse for the orchids, but no additional lighting in winter.

    Have a piece mounted on kork bark which has been kept dry for at least sometime this winter, and naother piece in a pot (bulbs are so fat that they almost crack). Looks like new growth has started already; spring is here

    Rgrds/ Karen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen
    Looks like new growth has started already; spring is here

    Rgrds/ Karen
    Maybe it could be a light thing. Not sure. Watch the new growth carefully. These plants bloom from what appears to be new growth from the base of the old PBs. Maybe yours is getting ready to do that now. I would keep it on the dry side and see what happens. Best of luck.

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    Mine is mounted and looks like it was a freebie so was the scale it had .The culture info. is appreciated . . Gin

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