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CITES export Appendix II Species
A gorgeous species from Brazil. These are multiple growth, blooming-size plants. When listed on the In-Spike list these plants will be in sheath to flower in spring to early summer. Select sib cross.
Intro:Laelia tenebrosa (native to Brazil) is a species related to Cattleya. It is a rather stunning plant with 6 to 7 inch flowers colored in a beautiful chestnut orange bronze with a violet purple lip. This species flowers in the summer to early fall.Light:This plant prefers medium to higher light from 2,500 to 4,000 foot candles to do best. East south or west windows will all suffice. If grown under artificial light culture high pressure sodium is best. This plant has a lot of pigmentation in the leaves and it is not unusual to have dark purplish almost black spots in the foliage and the flower sheaths. This is normal and not a disease.
P.L. Lights systems are a great way to provide artificial light to your orchids. See our P.L. Lights page for more information on this great product we offer.Humidity:50% or higher is ideal. The use of humidity trays and room humidifiers will improve your growing conditions.
We offer two products that can help increase humidity levels. The humidity tray offered in black or white, and the Mist Maker. Water:It is best to use rainwater, distilled or reverse osmosis water. Municipal water with a pH of 7.5 or lower can also be used. Water as the mix approaches dryness but do not allow the mix to become completely dry between watering. During winter months this plant can be kept somewhat drier at the roots. Keep an eye on the pseudobulbs and if you notice a great amount of shriveling occurring step up the frequency of your watering.
Over watering can cause several problems such as root rot and infectious bacteria/fungus in the potting medium. One product we offer that can help these problems if caught at an early stage is Phyton 27 bactericide and fungicide.Fertilizer:We highly recommend using Green Jungle Orchid Food, especially formulated to work with rain, distilled, reverse osmosis water or water low in alkalinity. Fertilize with Green Jungle every time you water if plants are planted in bark. Be sure to flush the mix with clear water only once per month to prevent fertilizer salt build up.
GrowMore 20-10-20 Ureafree for municipal or well water. Use at the rate of ½ teaspoon per gallon. If using GrowMore with rain, distilled, or reverse osmosis water, add back in 5 - 10% municipal or well water to supply the necessary calcium and magnesium. Fertilize every other watering in the summer and every third watering in the winter.
Flowering:This plant typically blooms in the summer to early fall months with two to five 6 to 7 inch flowers colored in a striking chestnut orange-bronze with a deep violet-purple lip. The flowers are fragrant and last for 3 to 4 weeks.Repotting:Repot this plant in the fall months after flowering or when new growths begin. Use a medium grade bark mix for best results. Place the oldest growth against the edge of the pot allowing room for future growth for at least one to two years. This plant can be repotted every two years if clay pots are used.
We offer several different types of potting medium. Here are direct links to what we believe to be some of the best potting mediums available for orchids: Orchids Limited bark mix, New Zealand sphagnum moss, coco husk, coco peat, sponge rock, charcoal, tree fern fiber and cork slabs for epiphytic plants.