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Rupicolous Laelia hybrids

I have grown these species for many years; the flowers are like little jewels and the little plants are tough and robust. Rupicolous means “rock dwelling” and in nature this is where they grow. The species have a reputation as being difficult to cultivate. It’s not that these plants are so difficult to grow, but special attention is needed when repotting. Repot only as new roots are growing and keep the plants in the smallest pot practical.

What is being offered here is the ‘new wave’ of hybrids that represent the latest in rupicolous breeding, these are complex crosses.

As compared the species, these hybrids are considerably easier to grow and they bloom in 3” pots. They posses the same flower shape and charm but with increased flower size, count and unique new color combinations. These crosses have really surprised me on how well they grow. These are new and unique.

 

SVO 1360

L. Seagulls Tangerine 'SVO' HCC/AOS x L. briegeri 'Star of Brazil' HCC/AOS) Picture of first bloom plant.

This cross is the first in several advanced rupicolous Laelia breeding lines being offered. Seagulls Tangerine (L. harpophylla x L. kautskyi) has bright orange flowers well held, 11-15 per inflorescence. L. briegeri carries well shaped bright yellow flowers on an upright stem. These will be in starry flowers, in sunset shades, carried above the foliage. Very compact growing 3” pots.

SVO 1367

(L. Seagulls Tangerine 'SVO' HCC/AOS x Sl. Pole Star 'Sierra Fire' )

Picture of first blooming plant 20 months from flask 1292 and 1401. This is advanced rupicolous Laelia breeding. Seagulls Tangerine (L. harpophylla x L. kautskyi) bright orange flowers well held above the foliage, 11-15 per inflorescence. Pole Star (Soph. coccinea x L. briegeri) blooms with four to five, shapely, bright red flowers. These will be starry red to red-orange flowers with good stems carrying 7-9 flowers expect petals to be a bit wider due the influence of Soph. coccinea. Very compact growing 3” pots.

SVO 1368

(L. Seagulls Tangerine 'SVO' HCC/AOS x L. milleri 'Dr. Koopowitz Red' HCC/AOS) Picture of first bloom plant.

Advanced rupicolous Laelia breeding. Seagulls Tangerine (L. harpophylla x L. kautskyi) bright orange flowers carried above the foliage with 11-15 flowers per inflorescence. This L. milleri is the true red form, carrying 11-13 flowers high above the foliage. Expect red to red-orange starry flowers, carried high with 11 or more per stem. Very compact growing, limited 3” pots.

SVO 1370

(L. Gold Star 'SVO' HCC/AOS x L. Seagulls Tangerine 'SVO' HCC/AOS )

Gold Star (L. flava x L. harpophylla) intense, bright orange-yellow flowers carried 9-11 on upright stems. Seagulls Tangerine (L. harpophylla x L. kautskyi) bright orange flowers well held above the foliage, 11-15 per inflorescence. Expect strong stems caring 11 + starry flowers in intense bright orange-yellow. Very compact growing 3” pots.

SVO 1393

(L. Gold Star 'SVO' HCC/AOS x L. briegeri 'Star of Brazil' HCC/AOS )

Gold Star (L. flava x L. harpophylla) an intense, bright orange-yellow flowers, with 9-11 blooms on upright stems. L. briegeri carries well shaped, bright yellow flowers, on an upright stem. These will be in starry flowers of intense yellow well held above the foliage. Very compact growing 3” pots.

** Some pictures are representative of the cross and not actual parents.

 

 

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