Laelia purpurata v. sanguinea FS 4"
Laelia purpurata v. sanguinea
species - Brazil
This is probably one of the easiest, most rewarding of the Cattleya Alliance to grow and flower. Although listed as a "hot to cool" grower, that actually give a great deal of latitude to growers. We've grown it in temperatures as low as 40 degrees and as high as the low 100's and with other adaptations the plants just keep on keeping on. Clearly keeping the plants drier in cold and wetter in extreme heat is the practice, but where seasonal temperatures allow, Laelia purpurata can be grown outside. Do protect them from direct hot sun, add a liquid or water soluble fertilizer to watering regimen and allow the plant to dry a bit between waterings.
Our plants are flowering size and, if grown properly should flower next blooming season (~May-June). Flowers are about 6" across and are held on upright stems of 3-6 when the plants are mature.
CULTURAL NOTE: Making a watering schedule is a great idea as long as it is flexible enough to take into account your plant's growing habits (i.e. seasons when it is growing rapidly vs. resting) and variations in the weather (i.e. seasons of shorter, colder days vs. longer warmer ones)