Chinese Ground Orchid Pink

Easy orchids.

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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.

Code

BLSPK

Botantical name

Bletilla striata

Height

20-40cm

Width

15-30cm

Flowers

Spring to Summer

Climate

Cool to Sub-Tropical

Availability

Australia wide

Frost hardiness

Aspect

Full Sun to Semi Shade

Supplied as

Bulbs

Water needs

1