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Clear Mountain Garden TreasuresCulture and Germination - Bletilla striata

terrestrial
A plant that grows on the ground, like most plants do.Grows on or in the ground.
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pseudobulb
A swollen stem found mainly in orchids
see also Bulbs, Corms and Tubers.
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pseudobulb
A swollen stem found mainly in orchids
see also Bulbs, Corms and Tubers.
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Bletilla striata

Flowers
Family Orchidaceae
Name Bletilla striata
Common Name Chinese Ground Orchid

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This hardy terrestrial orchid has lavender-purple flowers that look like miniature Catleya. It is a deciduous perennial that bears up to four oblong, lance shaped leaves per shoot. It over-winters as a tight bunch of underground pseudobulbs that look like flattened tubers. The pseudobulbs are joined to each other by cylindrical rhizomes. After several years, a large clump is formed and looks quite stunning when in flower.

Culture

When you receive your pseudobulbs, plant them immediately, 5 cm deep in a free draining spot, or in 10 litre containers. Containerised plants should be mulched and watered regularly in Summer. The top surface is one with concentric rings - scars from previous year's leaves. The plants may only make little growth until Spring time.

If you are not able plant them immediately, plant them first in small containers, that you set out into the garden in the Spring. Containerised plants will need to be split every few years as they get too crowded and will eventually split the container.

These pseudobulbs are taken from flowering sized plants so you may get some flowers in the first Summer, but it is usual to only get flowers in the second Summer. Each pseudobulb will sprout two to three shoots, and each shoot will form a new pseudobulb. Leave the plant to grow to a large clump.


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