Although she had always grown a few orchids, when Amy got
married to Ken Jacobsen she was faced
with a quandary. She basically had a choice between getting
more involved with orchids, or becoming
an orchid widow. Since there was a mostly empty greenhouse
available, Amy decided to
start growing Cattleyas and
eight years later, that greenhouse is full as are two others.
In addition to Laelias and
Amy is also growing Lycastes, and
Pleurothallids, Disas, and a
wide mix of other genera. She has moved
from having just a few plants eight years ago, to having
a couple thousand today. She is also
raising Laelia and
and hybrids from seed. She
even does her own lab work.
Amyís talk will be on rupicolous Laelias.
In September 2006 Amy, Ken and Fred Shull were able
to go and see rupicolous Laelias in
the wild in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. The slides
for the talk are mostly from this trip,
and should help members understand how to grow these
diminutive, but beautiful Laelias