Orchids forum: Anyone growing Laelia purpurata?

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Jul 19, 2010 3:43 PM CST
I just got a L. purpurata var. carnea in the mail. It had just finished blooming 5 flowers. It was bare root but had quite a bit of sphagnum in the roots that I teased out. I decided to put it in a large square plastic basket with some coconut husk to hold it in place since I water daily anyway. I'm hoping that new roots grow through the holes of the basket and that I can attach wires to the basket and hang it in winter. How do others grow this plant?

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jul 19, 2010 7:04 PM CST

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I would think that should work now, depending on the size. It will get very large down the road and heavy, but you can always adjust then.
I would keep it sunny/ along with Cattleyas in bright conditions. Good air movement is essential.
Moving it in Spring outside a few weeks earlier than the other Orchids seemed to promote a nice blooming season for me.

I think I need another one....
Name: Kathy
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Jul 19, 2010 9:24 PM CST
Thanks, Ursula. It's pretty tall already. What do you do when they get big?
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jul 20, 2010 6:36 AM CST

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I had it in a light- weight pot and here it is sitting in a stand to stabilize it. It is the one in the beige pot with lace wrapped around the plant to contain it.
I would simply have a tall growing large Cattleya in mind growing this one.
My Laelia purpurata 'Delicata' is a much smaller plant and it is growing in a slatted wooden basket, have to see how that goes.

Kathy, they are many way to pot it up. I took my large Schomburgkia superbiens off the mount this Spring and placed it into a good size clay pot - bare root. It is starting to attaching new roots to the that.
Another smaller piece is hanging in a pot as you described for your Laelia.

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Jul 20, 2010 6:42 AM CST
OMG, what have I done!!! That is truly a monster! Luckily nothing will grow that large here! Hilarious!
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Jul 20, 2010 4:37 PM CST
Here is the L. purpurata now (in front of my C. aclandiae hanging in back).

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Jul 20, 2010 4:39 PM CST
And a close up of the monster plastic basket. It is shallow. Do you think the roots will grow through it?

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jul 20, 2010 4:58 PM CST

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Looking fine on both counts! Thumbs up
Name: bree
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bree
Aug 11, 2010 4:42 PM CST
Yes laelias have long leaves hey. I have mine in a normal shallow orchid pot and its neally ready to repot. Grows fast and vigorous, lots of roots. I'd say it won't take long for roots to grow through your basket boojum.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Aug 11, 2010 6:29 PM CST
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Name: bree
North coast NSW Australia
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bree
Aug 20, 2010 4:09 PM CST
this is one of my purp.s last flowering.Thumb of 2010-08-20/bree/7950b2
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Aug 20, 2010 4:13 PM CST
Gorgeous!!!!! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Name: Jo
Western Massachusetts
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belaschick
Apr 17, 2011 4:26 PM CST
Bree, I love your purp up there. How many Catts do you have?

Name: bree
North coast NSW Australia
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bree
May 4, 2011 3:09 PM CST
hundreds. Couldnt tell you how many for sure.
Name: Jo
Western Massachusetts
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belaschick
May 6, 2011 6:43 PM CST
I really love the photos you post of them.

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