Bletilla, or Chinese Ground Orchids are terrestrial orchids that are simple to grow and flower.
With neat clumping foliage and oodles of flowers, Chinese Ground Orchids are a joy to grow. Bletilla flowers open in racemes with up to 12 on each stem, they offer excellent value. We have found we get the best flowers after a cold winter.
The foliage of Bletilla is a lush, bright green with deep ridges. The leaves emerge in early spring and usually last until frost.
The flowers of Bletilla are easy to pick, simply pluck the blooms from amongst the foliage. The flowers last well in a vase. The flower season lasts around a month.
Plant Bletilla or Chinese Ground Orchids towards the front of garden beds or in pots. They look best planted in clumps.
Spring to Summer
Cool to Sub-Tropical
Full Sun to Semi Shade