With over 50 species and brilliantly coloured flowers Laelia orchids have the added advantage of many varieties being cool growing.
Laelia orchid species such as L. anceps and L. gouldiana are cool growing orchids closely related to Cattleya. However most Laelia orchid species require a brighter filtered light in a warm position.
We think that they are underrepresented in Australian nurseries, perhaps they are a little more difficult to grow than some, however they do contain some beautiful specimens.
Species include the very pretty pink flowering Laelia anceps (pictured) as well as Laelia superbiens, tereticualis, tenbrosa and rupestris.
The blue and white flowering Laelia purpurata is rarely seen for sale,but well worth looking for.
These are an orchid that will flower from autumn through to winter depending a little on the climate. Different species will have differing flower spikes, with some more flowers than others.
Laelia anceps is perhaps one of the easiest to grow and if you were a beginner we would recommend it as a starting point. Although it is also a widely grown form its flowers are attractive and colorful.
In Australia temperature is not a problem in most areas, it is more control of light and moisture that needs to be monitored.
Laelia orchids – Care and Cultivation
Laelia Orchids are related to Cattleya Orchids. Partial shade and high humidity provides best growing conditions for Laelia Orchids.
They grow in a range of climates from cool growing through to intermediate to warm. Plenty of water and fertiliser is the norm during the growing season, with less during the winter months.
Laelia orchids do not like being disturbed, many growers tend to over pot to help overcome this.
Twice monthly during active growth, use a liquid seaweed fertilizer. A specialist orchid fertilizer is also suitable.
Laelia Orchids will flower throughout the year depending on species.