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Laelia purpurata striata in bud

This is a discussion on Laelia purpurata striata in bud within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I bought this one bare rooted from ---- Vendor information removed - see FAQs on ...

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    Default Laelia purpurata striata in bud

    I bought this one bare rooted from ---- Vendor information removed - see FAQs on Posting ---- at the Barcelona Orchid Show end September. At first I put her into a clay pot, but since she didn't have any viable roots, I don't think she was 'feeling' confortable. More or less a month ago, I decided to mount her onto cork. I cut off all the ancient roots. Almost immediately after mounting her, she started growing a new root and 'something' inside the sheath. It has grown quite quickly, but I had to cut the top of the sheath to let the bud come out of it. I'll post again when the bud opens.

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    All this happened within a few weeks after changing her from pot to cork. I've never before seen such a quick change in an orchid.

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    A brazilian import, that's why it blooms now. With a new and weak root system, you should cut the flower just after opening.

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    Will the flower last after cutting it?

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    A few days, I think.

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    Well, the bloom opened now. I think I should have cut the sheath earlier. The bud didn't have the force to open it, so everything is a bit twisted and out of place, I think, but i like it anyway. I have now a Cattleya hybrid in sheath also. I think a bud is starting to develop, so if I'm right and it's not just my wish that makes me see things that aren't here, I'm going to cut the top of the sheath so the bud can grow straight out of the sheath.
    Eric, I guess your advise to cut the bloom is a sensible advise and probably thought to let the plant put her energy into growing new roots, but I'm not sure I'll follow it. It's the first Laelia I've ever owned and the very first time I get a 'Cattleya-like' plant to bloom (though I bought her in sheath already). Well, here are two pictures of her.

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    Nice looking purpurata . is it fragrant?. its in my wish list already!!.

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    It will bloom better for you next time, Jesus. Laelia purpurata is a great plant.

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    Eric, at the end I followed your advice and I cut the bloom so the plant can put all her energy in growing roots and new p-bulbs. I have the bloom in water. I wonder how long it will last.

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