The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Laeliocattleya

Family: Orchidaceae.

Laeliocattleya Bigeneric hybrid genus of evergreen orchids, derived from crosses between Laelia and Cattleya. Racemes of large, showy flowers, in a range of bright colors, are borne at the tips of the pseudobulbs, above the foliage. They mostly produce a single, lance-shaped, leathery leaf, but may also bear 2 on each elongated pseudobulb, depending on the parentage of the hybrid.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Grow in orchid potting mix in a hanging basket. The inflorecence should remain above the mix when the plant is potted. Plants can withstand hot weather if adequate ventilation and humidity are provided. They do best when the temperature is between 65°F and 75°F in the day and between 58°F. to 62°F. at night. The temperature differential is especially important for flowering. In the summer, the plants must be thouroughly watered and misting is required, in the fall, reduce watering. Do not water in the winter, but spray regularly. Divide when the plant overflows its container, or remove at least 4 backbulbs and pot up separately.

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