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Laelia anceps temperature tolerance

This is a discussion on Laelia anceps temperature tolerance within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; For those of you who grow anceps, how low do you go? I ask because ...

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    Default Laelia anceps temperature tolerance

    For those of you who grow anceps, how low do you go? I ask because I have Santa Barbara Sunset and the best spot for it, light-wise, would subject it to pretty low temps at night. Well mostly early morning. I know these are supposed to be tolerant, but do they LIKE those low temps? I've never grown much that would stand so much cold.
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    It depends on what you mean by low. I haven't grown L. anceps in conditions like yours, but Baker's temperature data indicates that January nights average 50F in natural habitat. If 50F is average then about half the nights are colder, perhaps significantly, and L. anceps is known to survive at least short term exposure to 32F. Unless your night temperatures are falling below 40F on a regular basis, or ever below 32F, then you should be fine. Perhaps it doesn't LIKE temperatures much below 50F, but they are healthy and normal for the species, and keeping it much warmer might not be as healthy and normal. The coldest temps in natural habitat also come at the driest time of year, so lots of moisture at those times should probably be avoided.

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    ive gone straight down to -10C this winter, when we had our large polar blast. It was huddled under our palm trees with the others, and luckily, the little bit of 'impossible' snow we had and the massive frosts didnt catch it. The air temp went right down, and the plant looked rather sick for a while, but it came back and flowered this spring. I have heard stories of people down south who have accidentally left theirs outside overnight, to wake in the morning and find it lost under a layer of thick snow, only for them to bloom a month later!

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    Thanks guys for the info! Snow Jordan? I see a light frost and get into a panic!
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    For you snow deprived folks out there: snow is actually an insulator and protects plants. I have experiences losses in my garden in drier than normal winters because there wasn't a lot of snow to protect my perennials from the cold. The lack of snow actually pushes my microclimate into colder growing zones. - martha

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    I can bloom anceps without any issues...but Santa Barbara Sunset, now that is a different story. I have a large plant that has yet to bloom. I've probably had it 4 or 5 years.

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    There are famous growers and sellers who grew their Laelia anceps outside under shade house in California.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdayinflorida View Post
    I can bloom anceps without any issues...but Santa Barbara Sunset, now that is a different story. I have a large plant that has yet to bloom. I've probably had it 4 or 5 years.
    Does yours produce sheaths? I read about this particular plant being frequently overcloned. Of course, I did get that info from the hybridizers website and they are a bit more expensive than other sources. Mine has produced a single sheath that promptly dried out. At this point, I just want to give it a good start for the next growth cycle. It is certain that I won't see it bloom this go round.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eorchids View Post
    There are famous growers and sellers who grew their Laelia anceps outside under shade house in California.
    I know these growers...not personally of course. I check their weather forecast frequently and it differs a bit from mine. They do have amazing plants!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cakedaddy View Post
    Does yours produce sheaths? I read about this particular plant being frequently overcloned. Of course, I did get that info from the hybridizers website and they are a bit more expensive than other sources. Mine has produced a single sheath that promptly dried out. At this point, I just want to give it a good start for the next growth cycle. It is certain that I won't see it bloom this go round.
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    No nothing on mine not even a sheath. I agree on it being over-cloned. Give an AOS/RHS award and wah-la stand by and watch the clones appear.

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