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Laelia autumnalis

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    Default Laelia autumnalis

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Size:  105.2 KBA freebie, this plant - from an ex-member of my orchid society who gave up growing orchids ( how can anyone do that ?). The third flowering for me, although the first spikes came from the previous owners culture. I reckon my bulbs this year are just about up to the same mass as the best previously although a different shape - taller and slimmer. Both spikes are of 7 buds + flowers. One spike is 3 feet from compost to top of the spike, the other 2 ˝ feet. - so not exactly a window-sill plant. But useful in displays, to give height at the back .

    I have not made up my mind about repotting when it starts into growth again. It is right at the pot edge now, but growing so nicely I am loth to disturb. If it looks to be making more than two growths when it starts, I might repot, taking out that centre leafless back-bulb, and perhaps putting the peices together - three or more growths in that pot would be nice. I don't want a larger pot - might be getting a bit heavy for me to handle.

    But what do the cattleya etc experts think ? To repot or not ?

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    I'm far from any expert but looks like there's room for growth. Love this flower Geoff!

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    My experience with Mexican Laelias is that they may not bloom in fall if they were repotted earlier the same year. A major orchid company in California advised me to under-pot my Laelia gouldiana in a clay pot and then just put the pot into a larger pot when necessary. That's what they always had done supposedly. I didn't like the idea so I repotted the plant in the normal fashion and, guess what, it didn't bloom the following season. I have repeated this twice with the same result so I guess repotting is to be avoided in this case.

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    So, let itall hang out, as you might say !

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    Good one Geoff

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    Geoff, I forgot to say that the flowers look great!

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    Looks like plenty or room to go, I would wait another year or two unless the media is so bad it has to be refreshed and from the looks that is not the point. Not sure if there are any better experts then you Geoff!

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    Love the colour and shape!

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    Love the details on the lip 😊
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    One of the best species Geoff.

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