Sticky Laelia anceps flowers

wuness(z5 IL)January 19, 2009

I have two L. anceps plants that have a chronic problem. They produce numerous flower buds but the flower sheaths are typically enveloped in a sticky substance that prevents the flowers from breaking completely out of the flower sheath, or prevent the sepals and petals from expanding normally. Several of the parts are usually malformed so that only 75% (at best) of the open flower looks normal. Has anybody else experienced this? I have tried spraying the flower buds with a soap solution but haven't been persistent enough to notice any difference. Would more humidity help? It is close to an outside corner of my greenhouse where it might be somewhat drier. wuness

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carolinn_on(z3 Northern Ontario)


I noticed this too, with L. anceps. I would spray the buds daily with pure water, and this helped to prevent any malformed buds. This is just the nature of the beast. Persistence pays when you see those beautiful blooms!

It was on the dry side in the growing room (basement, under lights). I also had to make sure the buds didn't get too close to the lights, to prevent baking the buds.


    Bookmark   January 19, 2009 at 3:15PM
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Since I water mine once a day because they are bare-root I don't have that problem however members in my Orchid Society have had the same problem with similar solution.


    Bookmark   January 19, 2009 at 5:58PM
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aachenelf z5 Mpls

When I grew anceps, I had the same problem with the sticky stuff. I misted the buds everyday until water dripped from them. They always opened normally.


    Bookmark   January 19, 2009 at 7:13PM
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wuness(z5 IL)

Thanks for your replies. That's any easy enough fix.


    Bookmark   January 19, 2009 at 9:13PM
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