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Laelia anceps
Laelia anceps, a native of Mexico but also occurring more rarely in Guatemala and the Honduras, is one of the most common, yet one of the most satisfying orchids. Its ease of care makes it an ideal plant for the beginner as well as the connoisseur. Resembling clustertype Cattleyas 2" to 4" in size, Laelia anceps' lovely flowers occur in forms of lavender, white and blue, with two to four blooms on the ends of 18" to 24" inflorescences. One of the hardiest for cold tolerance of any of the Cattleya alliance, Laelia anceps are reported as tolerating lows of 24F (-5C) without any damage. High temperatures, up to 90 or 100, rarely trouble it. The blooming season for anceps is customarily November through January. Laelia anceps is noted for being one of the best plants, in subtropical climates, to naturalize on trees around the garden, where regular garden watering is usually adequate. Many trees (except pines) are well suited for Laelia anceps. Oaks are among the best of trees, and jacardia, palms, citrus, fiejoa, dracinias & white birch are quite good. Plants should be tied or stapled (romex type) firmly to trunks and branches.
Temperature
Laelia anceps is one of the more temperature tolerant orchids in cultivation today, making it a natural for outdoor growing in Southern California and comparable climates. It has been known to survive winter nights of down to 24F undaunted, and has no problem with heat up to 100F provided it gets water.
Light
This plant likes medium to high light, about 1500- 3500 ft/candles. Very low light is not adequate.
Water
Water frequently (weekly to daily, depending on conditions) throughout the growing season, which is mostly April through November. Water may be reduced in the Winter dormant time, but is not necessary. Washing off the flower buds by rain or hose is often needed to keep the buds from sticking together.
Fertilizer
Regular feeding with a balanced fertilizer will enhance growth, particularly during the growing season of April through November.

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