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Laelia anceps

My best Laelia anceps :

Laelia anceps (L. anceps 'Blumen Insel' x L. anceps 'Irwin's)

The pictures here are of the plant sitting on a 12 foot long table, so you can tell about how large the total plant is. This year it had 15 flower spikes, 40 flowers. At the time this picture is taken three spikes are finished flowering, it has flowers over a long period of time as they don't all open at the same instant, but eventually they all are open for a bit before the first ones start to close up.

Quality and size are better than average I would say. The plant originally came from McCulley’s in Hawaii. James wanted to see if something could be found better than the parents he used which in themselves are terrific plants.

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The table is 12 feet in length. Nice center piece eh? This is where we have had our Thursday Kaffeklatsches for the past 16 years!!

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The plant has never been shown for AOS or any judging.

Why? Confidence!! I know it's a nice plant, I don't need a certificate to tell me so!! LOL

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Nice flowers eh? 40 of these is quite spectacular

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34 mature bulbs, grows outside all year long ion Southern California.. I would guess next year it will produce perhaps 20 new growths. If I don't sell it we will probably take it to Oregon and see how it does there. It will have to be kept inside when the temperature gets below 32 degrees but otherwise it again will be outside all year.

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 A better shot of the table for measurement of plant size.

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The pencil is 7 1/2 inches long to give you a measure of the flower size. They measure 4 1/2 inches wide and 5 inches tall on the largest ones. When that many bloom and once they are slightly smaller than when you let only a few spikes bloom.

CULTURAL NOTE -

I have found over the years that L. anceps responds well to high humidity. It didn't like our Southern California dry spells, Santa Anna winds come whipping out of the desert and they are too dry to get these to develop the flowers.

Where they come from they flower in the middle of a no rain period for maybe three months, but the high humidity is still there even if it doesn't rain.   This year, when the dryness came, I wanted to save all the flowers I could so I moved the plant about 12 feet to an area where I let very fine misters run all day long on all of the orchids.

I say about 12 feet, because I find L. anceps does not like to be moved during the spike and flower process.   Move them from inside to outside, or outside to inside and the spikes will probably abort!! Even from one place to another in the yard with a significant light, shade or moisture difference will probably affect them adversely.   So if you move them make it a very short distance and wait until the flowers are all open to assure no loss.  All of these spikes developed on the plant hanging about three feet from the 80% overhead shade cloth. 

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I let all the flowers open over a couple of weeks before moving it down on the table.  The pot is a 16 x 6 inch color bowl it is called.  Shallow. Seems better for the anceps and they are soaked once a week except when spiking then they are misted all day every day in the Santa Ana conditions.

The mister systems are readily available now, I use 1/4 gallon per hour type. The dryness is averted and the spikes develop nicely, didn't lose a one. You can also squirt them with the hose, but rigging a misting system is easier, and gives you a bit of time for all the other things you might want to do.

Without the humidity, the extreme dryness causes the sheath on each bud to dry up. They have a sticky substand inside around the bud that is slick and lets the bud develop and slide out.

But with the dry weather, no humidity, this sticky substance turns to glue and literally glues the flower bud shut and they will abort in that position, almost ready to open, if not moistened every day.

So for those of you who have trouble with L. anceps or some of it's hybrids, give this misting method a try and  see how you do next year.