Laelia Anceps Care Sheet

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Light: Bright to very bright

Laelia Anceps orchids require bright light conditions to flower. Normally the leaves have a reddish tinge which indicates that the light is right and will allow the psuedo bulbs to properly develop. Strong air movement should be provided at all times.

Temperature: 55º F (13º C) to 80º F (26º C)

In the summer time, adequate day temperatures should be around 77˚F (25˚C) and night lows down to 60˚C (16˚C).  In the winter, days average should be 70˚F  (20-21˚C) and nights average of 50˚F (10-12˚C).  These orchids can survive brief cool temperatures down to 32˚F (0˚C),  but need to be protected from frost.

Water: Let the medium dry between waterings

This orchid likes to dry out slightly between waterings, so the frequency will be influenced by environmental conditions. They need to be watered often in spring and summer, when they are actively growing and allowed to slightly dry between watering again. Water should be reduced in autumn, when the new growths have hardened off and are fully developed.

Humidity: 30%-80%

In their natural habitat, humidity is high, around 80 %, in spring and summer, but drops drastically in winter. Keep the orchid in a well ventilated area at all times to avoid disease and promote healthy development.

Other notes:

Laelia Anceps is an extremely easy orchid to care for and flower. These orchids are naturally found in Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. They normally grow in warm oak forests, with tropical deciduous trees at elevations of 1200–1600 meters. These orchids can hold from 2 to 5 flowers per inflorescence. The large, showy flowers are 6 –10.0 cm across and last for several weeks, particularly if kept cool and dry. They are usually fragrant on sunny days and blossom color is highly variable, but in the typical form sepals are pale rose-purple, with somewhat darker petals.

When feeding this orchid, half the recommended amount of fertilizer should be used. Generally a high nitrogen fertilizer should be used in spring, a balanced fertilizer in summer and a low nitrogen- high phosphate fertilizer in late summer throughout autumn. The high phosphate will promote better blooming in the following flowering season, while slowing growth to harden off the developing new shoots before winter. Remember to flush the pot with plain water monthly to reduce salt build-ups, which can damage the orchid’s roots.

A course open medium is used to insure proper drainage and allow roots to dry between waterings. They can also be mounted, but would need to be misted daily to insure the correct moisture they need.



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