Bletilla, or Chinese Ground Orchids are terrestrial orchids that are so simple to grow and flower. With neat, clumping foliage and oodles of blooms, they are an absolute joy.
The flowers offer excellent value, opening in racemes with up to 12 on each stem. 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 – they come out easily and last well in a vase. The flower season lasts a month or more.
Plant Bletilla or Chinese Ground Orchids towards the front of garden beds or in pots. They look best planted in clumps. Grow in moderately fertile to humus rich, well drained soil. Water to establish, then only if rainfall is low, they are dry tolerant once established.
Spring to Summer
Cool to Sub-Tropical
Full Sun to Semi Shade