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Old 10-09-2010, 08:55 PM
orchidman77 orchidman77 is offline
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Hey, Guys!

I just received a set of orders that included 7 rupicolous Laelias. They are:

Laelia milleri 'Cristiane' x sib
Laelia alvaroana
Laelia angereri
Laelia kleberi
Laelia tereticaulis
Laelia flava
Laelia macrobulbosa

The milleri is definitely blooming size (i had to split it into 2 separate plants because it had too many growths to fit in a pot). The others are mainly small seedlings that have awhile to go before they are blooming size.

Does anyone have some tips they'd like to share? I believe I have the basics down, but i would love some help regarding winter rest, fertilizing, exactly how much sun they need, etc.

Thanks! I'll try and post pics soon.

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Old 10-09-2010, 10:30 PM
Shann Shann is offline

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I recently got two rupicolous Laelias from Andys Orchids. They told me to give them high light to almost full sun, if they are acclimated. I put them with my Catts outside and left them in the rock mix they came in. I am not sure what to do during winter but hope others who have been growing these longer have some input on the subject.

I look forward to seeing pics of yours!

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Old 10-10-2010, 12:51 AM
ericst11 ericst11 is offline
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Here is a good link to get started How to Grow Rupicolous Laelias . I grow most my rupics the same way i grow my Catts , laelia and encyclias alot of light and msu fertilizer every watering and when it gets into the deep winter months like Jan and feb, i water once a week depending how fast they dry out.
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Old 10-10-2010, 01:02 AM
Monique.rbld Monique.rbld is offline
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I also just hot a rupicula laelia bradei from floralia and it is bare root he told me to plant in rocks but he also told me to mix something with the rocks for humidity. But I don't remember what. Any help from anybody? Thank you in advance
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:14 PM
orchidman77 orchidman77 is offline
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thanks guys--great article, by the way! I'm mainly wondering whether or not i can leave them outside for the winter--i live in zone nine and minimum temps have been low thirties to mid twenties (fahrenheit). Will they be able to brave the cold?
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