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Laelia rubescens

Laelia rubescens

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Laelia rubescens Orchid – The Rosy Tinted Beauty

Discover the allure of Laelia rubescens, an enchanting orchid species that graces Central America with its presence. Known for its epiphytic nature, this medium-sized orchid thrives on trees or lithophytes on rocks, showcasing its beauty in dry areas and wooded regions of seasonally dry, deciduous forests. Laelia rubescens elevates your botanical collection with its captivating Rosy Tinted blooms and distinct cultivation requirements.

Plant Description: Laelia rubescens boasts compressed, ovoid pseudobulbs, ranging from 4 to 7 cm in length and 1.5 to 4 cm in width. Dark green and wrinkled, these pseudobulbs are adorned with papery sheaths, supporting a single, leathery, oblong-ovate leaf. The plant produces a terete inflorescence in autumn and winter, reaching up to 90 cm, crowned with fragrant flowers in clusters. The flowers, ranging from white to pink or purple, measure 3 to 7 cm in diameter, emanating a delightful fragrance on sunny days.

Cultivation Tips:

Light: Laelia rubescens thrives in bright sunlight and can endure direct morning and evening sun. However, protection from intense noon sunlight is essential to prevent sunburn. Adequate light, a minimum of 10 hours of daylight throughout the year, is crucial for the development of flowering pseudobulbs. Consider using artificial light lamps during winter to supplement natural daylight.

Temperature: Maintain a day temperature of 21-24 °C (maximum 32 °C) and a night temperature of 10-15 °C. Ensure the night temperature remains 6 °C lower than the daytime temperature for successful growth.

Humidity: The Rosy Tinted Laelia thrives in humidity levels of 60-80%. Insufficient humidity can impede growth, causing the orchid to stagnate and yellow. Maintain a humid environment to support healthy development.

Substrate and Repotting: Choose a well-breathable substrate, such as a mixture of large coniferous bark pieces, charcoal, and sphagnum moss (10-15%). Laelia rubescens can be grown in a pot or placed on blocks. During repotting, when new shoots reach around 5 cm, ensure the roots are well-aerated, and consider adding a small interlayer of moss to prevent rapid drying.

Watering: During new growth, provide frequent and abundant watering. Ensure excess water drains freely to prevent root decay. Allow the substrate to dry between waterings, as Laelia rubescens is sensitive to waterlogging. In hot summers, daily spraying helps maintain humidity.

Fertilizer: Fertilize every 2 weeks during the new growth period with half the concentration recommended on the package. Consider both root and foliar fertilization for optimal results. Closer to bloom, use a fertilizer with higher phosphorus content.

Rest Period: After flowering, Laelia rubescens enters a short rest period. Maintain a temperature of 10-13 °C, reduce watering, and avoid fertilization. Resume regular care with the onset of new shoots, gradually increasing temperature and watering frequency.

This is a blooming size in a 4" pot, about 1 to 2 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited!

Invite the elegance of Laelia rubescens into your botanical sanctuary and experience the joy of cultivating this exquisite orchid species.

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