Laelia rubescens x sib 4in
Laelia rubescens is a rare species from Mexico and has bright white elongated flowers with a dark purple throat. This species produces very long spikes with many flowers that makes for an impressive display. Flowers can range from bright white to a very soft pink. Cattleyas and their hybrids are most well-known for their large flowers and perfume-like scent.
Potting mix: Coarse orchid bark. Repot when pot bound in Spring.
Light: Bright indirect - partial direct light. Shaded South or West facing preferred.
Water: Water frequently in hot months when media is fully dry, decrease dramatically in cold months. After flowering a dry rest period follows.
Temp: Warm (60F min night, 90F max day).
Humidity: 60-80%, too dry of conditions can result in stunted and slowed growth.
Fertilizing: 1/2 strength urea-free fertilizer, every other watering as new roots and leaves emerge. Do not fertilize during winter rest period after flowering until new growth is observed in spring.
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