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Old 07-08-2017, 08:33 PM
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I didn't realize how many old projects are sticky threaded at the top of the Member Projects forum. They're easy to find without being sticky threaded - go to Forums in the left menu, then scroll down to the Member Projects forum.
I agree that at the moment it is easy to fin the thread and that there are quite a few sticky threads, but I think having each yearlynproject thread stickied is good since it is useful/beneficial in the future to see previous yearly projects all in one place without going through 10 pages of threads to find them.
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Happy to see a new root popping on what I assume is the newest growth at the surface, and a green root tip a little deeper on a more mature root (a little lower and left in the mini greenhouse)
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So, I know there's been a lot of concern over the care of these plants. I wanted to show everyone that these plants are really tough as nails and can come back from a lot of abuse. That's not to say they are easy, it's more to say that I think they have a strong will to live. I hope none of you mind my story time .

A couple months ago, I came across an eBay listing for three rupicolous Laelias in desperate need of TLC. For $20 or so shipped, I figured I didn't have much to lose. The seller actually ended up sending me four plants instead. All the plants were in various states of poor condition, none had any significant roots, all were very dehydrated and probably headed toward plant heaven soon. The species I received were: caulescens, esqualeana, blumenschienii, and a ? plant. The "?" plant is one the seller knew was either blumenscheinii or sanguiloba, so when it blooms I will know. The caulescens was in the best shape so I won't talk about it here because it wasn't really on death's door.

I repotted all of them immediately into aquarium gravel sized LECA in aircone or terracotta pots. The known blumenscheinii had a 2'' new growth that just simply fell off (taking the few short roots with it) and the older growth looked terrible. I potted them up separately, but didn't expect either to live.

I still keep them in bright light, but certainly not full sun. I water them every day to some extent, even if it's just a misting while I am doing the mounted plants.

For almost the entire time I have had them, they have not done anything. They didn't get worse, they didn't get better. About two weeks ago, things started to change and pictures are worth a thousand words.

First up, L. esqualeana, new roots and new growth



The unknown, new roots and growth



Lastly, my pathetic little blumenscheinii (fairly healthy caulescens just behind it)



The last one was really unexpected - I have had "easier" plants not come back from something like that. Although anything could really happen, I am amazed at this little plant's will to live.

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On my actual project plant, L. colnagoi, I don't have much to update. The newest growth is maturing and root tips are just starting to become visible. I really don't think this growth will bloom. We'll see if it initiates another this summer in time for a fall bloom. One can hope, right?
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