Laelia rubescens (alba x aurea) x sib
This hard to find species is native to Mexico and down through Central America, usually in areas with warm, bright conditions. Plants have rounded, short and rather flat pseudobulbs with thick rounded foliage. Each fall after the summer growing period is over, tall bloom stems emerge to bloom usually by November. This form was made using both white and yellow parents. The results being flowers are a creamy off-white with black “eyes” in the center Mature plants can hold multiple stems each season, with dozens of flowers making quite an impressive sight.
Growing Suggestions: Recommended for warm growing conditions, meaning 65 degrees or warmer year round. Plants can tolerate short periods of cooler weather if kept dry. As plants mature, brighter light will be needed than seedlings currently receive but be cautious of causing leaf blushing or burn as plants won't recover easily. We usually hang larger plants high in the greenhouse above other crops and they flower well. Well draining media is a must to avoid rot. These are easily grown in hanging baskets or on mounts. We also have found that a bit of a dry winter rest is appreciated in cooler climates. Water just enough to keep roots and bulbs from shriveling.
We are offering these beauties in 2" mesh pots. After they outgrow these containers in the next year or two they can be slid right into larger baskets with little fuss.
Unless otherwise stated, please understand that bloom photos show mature sized plants not what those offered currently look like.
|Pot Size||2" mesh basket|
|Bloom Color||Cream/Pink, White|
|Expected First Flowering||These plants are expected to bloom within 12 months.|
|Light Requirements||Bright, Indirect Light|
|Size Expected at Maturity||Compact- Generally between 8”-12” in height, excluding flowers|
|Suitable for Windowsill or Under Artificial Lights||No|
|Temperature Requirements. (Based on Carter & Holmes Orchids recommendations for plant growth)||Warm Grower- This plant prefers warm temperatures of 65 degrees or above year round. Which means it prefers warm winters and can tolerate hot summers.|
|Export Status||This item is approved for CITES export outside the continental United States including Hawaii, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands|