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    Isn't it strange that I claim to be an anti-floof guy and still think these are some of the best things on earth?

    Which of the smaller to medium sized ones do you recommend or do you grow? I guess by small I mean a plant that doesn't need a GH to accommodate it. Of course I really like all the really tiny ones like sincorana, pumila, liliputana, but could maybe try something a bit larger. Actually, I do have an anceps. That's working out size-wise right now. I bought that one just as an experiment to see if I could grow these.

    Just a note: Earlier this year we had talked a bit about cutting the rhizome on this plant to encourage more new growths. Well, I did it. From the two halves, I now have 4 new leads. They're really nice, big, strong growths too.

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    Laelia purpurata var coerulea - no greenhouse here. not room for one... well there is but the landlords would loose a patio. LOL Anyway It's outside. I'd call it medium sized because plant wise it's smaller than my other purple monster.

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    Hi Kev,

    I love these! Laelias I mean... in general...

    anyways,

    I find there is a lot of variation in the species themselves.

    I have a Laelia purpurata 'Adelia' x 'Hilton' which is 20cms high, but I consider compact in that the whole growth is upright, ie the pseudobulbs and leaves are vertical.

    Also, if you like L anceps try variety compactum... also not huge.

    As for the other smaller ones, lundii (which you already have), pumila and jongheana.

    You know, if you want something small... how bout Sophronitis coccinea? I'll post my baby when I get home from work...

    Cheers
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    These are good. Thanks guys. For some strange reason when I would see these huge flowers I always assumed huge, tall plant with huge tall leaves. Need to rethink this.

    Tim

    I would love to see your Soph and how you grow it. I was looking at one at a local vendor, but $25 for a tiny, tiny plant just didn't work for me that day. I know I can find them cheaper.

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    lilliputiana. That will satisfy your tiny craving and your laelia craving! When you find a good source let me know too!

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    I know, that's the problem. Where? Who?

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    I have found a few vendors who have them, but are not parting with them yet. Like I said, if you find one let me know.

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    Here is another one it is L. sincorana X L. purpurata it is 9 inches tall from the bottom of the pot to the tallest leaf . picture attached , the other one in bud is L mixta thin almost grassy leaves but 12 inches total the spike is about that long can post a Pict. when it opens . Gin ........Look Louis has his picture up lolol :freaked: good ones !
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    I LOVE that. You must post the other one. Don't forget.

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    ok so there was already a thread on Soph coccinea by Jane

    but if you're really keen on seeing my little baby

    Soph coccinea

    and for dimensions... the whole flowering plant is only 6cm tall, that's the measurement from the 'soil' to the tip of the flower. The flower itself is 5cm wide x 4cm tall. The plant without the flower is only 4cm tall.


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