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Old 08-28-2013, 02:47 PM
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Ground orchids blooming now?


This is crazy. I have a front garden full of purple ground orchids that bloom in the spring. I have two new colors I got this past years in a large pot. They also bloomed in spring. Now the two in the pot are blooming again. Very strange!!!



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Old 08-28-2013, 08:04 PM
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Beautiful. Maybe they just really like where you planted them, lol. I think it great that they have bloomed twice.
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:07 PM
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That is Very VERY strange indeed! I grow them too, but I don't think I've ever seen the ones in your pictures! Are they Bletilla or some other genus? Where did you find them? They are beautiful!
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:21 PM
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I bought them from somebody at a plant sale in Covington,LA. I had never seen them either. I love ground orchids! They are Bletilla. I also have Bletilla alba(white).
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:22 PM
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So pretty!
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:34 PM
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Thanks!
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:12 PM
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I did a little research after seeing your beautiful blooms .. they are not the Bletilla, they are Spathoglottis and bloom year round with the right conditions so apparently yours are happy campers. The first picture might be "Mellow Yellow".
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:36 PM
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Hmm! Maybe so.... I'll have to do some more research. I didn't realize they were different. Thanks!
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:50 AM
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ground orchids??


I have never heard of ground orchids. My friend grows orchids as a hobby and has dozens growing in her little green house in her basement but I do not recall seeing or hearing her refer to a ground orchid. Please enlighten me, someone. Is this a Southern plant that this Northern girl has just never heard of or what?
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:37 AM
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They are very easy to grow and multiply quickly. Bletilla(Chinese ground orchid) and Spathoglottis(Phillipine ground orchid)are the genus names. I have the Bletilla in afternoon sun and the Spathoglottis in the shade and they are doing great. I have some other pictures in my album. I learned yesterday from Xeolyte that the two pictures here are Spathoglottis.

Here is a picture of my white one which I believe is Bletilla striata "alba".

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Old 08-29-2013, 11:57 AM
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Very pretty, and being a re-bloomer is a double plus!
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:43 PM
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Just beautiful!


What a lovely flower. bulb or rhizome? And where did you get them. They could be the start of replenishing one of my bed that suffered so since I lost interest after my husband's death. I am slowly trying to restore them but it's a slow process. These seem like a good plant to start with since they are easy to care for and the bed I want them for is a sunny one. Please let me know where I can get some. I would appreciate it greatly.
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:06 PM
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So sorry to hear about your husband. I'm not sure these will grow in VA. The

Spathoglottis information says
" As a tropical plant, Spathoglottis require daytime temperatures above 75 F and nights above 60 F for vigorous growth and flowering. Plants may drop leaves and go dormant with extended temperatures below 40 F. Spathoglottis will not tolerate freezing."

Bletilla striata - Zone 5-9(with protection)
http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/2301/

I believe it is a rhizome. here is a picture:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/owleyes/5169882056/

If you think Blletilla striata will grow in your area I will be glad to share some rhizomes with you. I have a lot of the purple.

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Old 08-29-2013, 04:36 PM
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I would love to try some. Maybe with some heavy mulch in Winter, they could survive.
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:55 PM
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Send me a PM with your name and address and next week when I get back I'll see if I can dig up a few for you.
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