Kitchen Garden | Organic Gardens | Potted Plants | Growing Plants

Amazon Stuff

January 2012
« Dec   Feb »

Facebook Fan Page

Laelia abbreviated L. is a genus of orchids belonging to the orchid family, Orchidaceae.

Image of Laelia plant at Google

Laelia is a genus of orchids belonging to the orchid family, Orchidaceae. Laelia, is abbreviated L. in the horticultural trade. This genus comprises of 25 species. This genus is important and popular and is known for its beautiful flowers.

They are easy to culture. They are found in subtropical or temperate climate of Central America. They are most commonly found in Mexico.

Some of its species are:
– Laelia albida Bateman ex Lindl.
– Amalia albida (Bateman ex Lindl.) Heynh.
– Cattleya albida (Bateman ex Lindl.) Beer
– Bletia albida (Bateman ex Lindl.) Rchb.f.
– Laelia candida Lodd. ex W.Baxter
– Laelia discolor A.Rich. & Galeotti
– Laelia anceps Lindl.
– Amalias anceps (Lindl.) Hoffmanns.
– Amalia anceps (Lindl.) Heynh.
– Bletia anceps (Lindl.) Rchb.f.
– Cattleya anceps (Lindl.) Beer,
– Laelia anceps subsp. anceps
– Bletia anceps var. barkeriana (Lindl.) Rchb.f.
– Laelia barkeriana Knowles & Westc.
– Laelia anceps f. chilapensis Soto Arenas
– Laelia anceps subsp. dawsonii (J.Anderson) Rolfe
– Laelia anceps var. dawsonii J.Anderson
– Laelia dawsonii (J.Anderson) Crawshay
– Laelia anceps var. schroederiana Rchb.f.
– Laelia anceps var. sanderiana Rchb.f.
– Laelia anceps var. hallydayana O’Brien
– Laelia hallidayana (O’Brien) Crawshay
– Laelia sanderiana (Rchb.f.) Crawshay
– Laelia schroederae Crawshay
– Laelia aurea A.Navarro
– Laelia rubescens var. aurea (A.Navarro) M.Wolff & O.Gruss

Growing/Caring conditions for Laelia
– Select a location which receives natural sunlight.
– Care should be taken that the location is not too hot.
– Indirect light is preferred in summer.
– Plant the orchid in the location.
– Water the orchid well.
– Care should be taken, not to overwater the orchid.
– Keep the orchid moist.
– Plant blooms in the fall to spring.
– Repotting annually is better for some orchids.
– Plant the orchid in a potting mix of mulch for tropical plants.
– Fertilize the orchid with plant food that is specific for orchids.
– Control the way roots get their oxygen because it is an important factor when they grow.
– This plant needs rich and fertile soil.
– This plant needs well draining soil.
– Add tree fern fibers (for small plants), several pieces of coarse fir bark, or sphagnum moss for draining.
– Dead growth and branches should be removed.

The following fungal and bacterial infections are known to attack the plant.
– Leaf spot is caused by Colletotrichum and Gleosporium
– Leaf blight – caused by Pythium
– Collar blocth – caused by Penicilium thomii
– Collar rot – caused by Sclerotium
– Orchid wilt – caused by Sclerotium rolfsli

To avoid the above, fungicides like Captan, Dithane, Agrosan and Ceresan are very effective.
– More than 32 diseases are known to occur on orchids with the most common are Cymbidium mosaic virus.
– All infected plants should be isolated to prevent spreading of the disease for avoiding.
– The most commonly reported insects pests on orchids are thrips, aphids, spidermite, soft scale, mealy bugs, orchid weevil, snail and slugs.
– They feed on tender young shoot, suck the sap and damage the young bud and shoot and also act as the carrier of different diseases.
– These can be controlled by effective insecticides like Parathion, Malathion, BHC, Aldrin, Dieldrin, etc. Metaldehyde has proved to be very effective in killing slugs and snails.

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>