The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Laelia

Family: Orchidaceae.

Laelia Genus of about 50 species of evergreen, epiphytic or terrestrial orchids occuring in coastal regions, often in oak woodland, from Mexico and Central America to Brazil and Argentina. They have robust or slender, elongated pseudobulbs, each bearing 1 or 2 (sometimes 3) semi-rigid, narrowly oval, club-shaped, oblong, strap-shaped, or linear leaves. Brightly colored flowers are usually produced in racemes from the apex of the pseudobulb.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Grow in orchid potting mix in a hanging basket. The inflorecence should remain above the mix when the plant is potted. Recommended temperatures are 55 to 60 degrees F at night and 70 to 85 degrees F during the day. Seedlings should have night temperatures 5 to 10 degrees higher. A 10 to 20 degree differential between day and night is recommended, especially for mature plants. Higher day temperatures can be tolerated (up to 95 degrees F), if humidity, air circulation and shading are increased. In the summer, the plants must be thouroughly watered and misting is required, in the fall, reduce watering. Do not water in the winter, but spray regularly. Divide when the plant overflows its container, or remove backbulbs of the Mexican species and pot up each one separately.
Laelia anceps Lindl.
Come in many colors, the flowers last about 4 weeks. This orchid likes lots of light. Give it a dry dormancy period after growth is complete. Laelia anceps Lindl.
Laelia crispa
Laelia crispa

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