Pleione Peter Bradbury
"Bulbs &Trains for the Garden"
8-10 Henderson Hill rd Silvan 3795
Stock on this page available June to Mid August
rare and delightful little Alpine orchids are a cold
climate pseudo-bulb native to
Himalayas, India, Thailand, Vietnam and China. They are found at
altitudes between 900 and 3000 meters where they are usually found
growing in composted well drained leaf litter.
In their natural environment they are well adapted to coping with severe cold, with protection from frost. They are not an indoor plant and need to be grown outdoors in a cool shady environment such as a fernery.
The flower shoot emerges from the pseudo bulb in early
spring, producing a startling orchid flower
on a stems from 7 to 18cm in height. As the flower begins to die
pleated spear -shaped foliage emerges and grows to about 25cm.
There are around 19 known
wild Pleiones from which a modest group of hybrids have been bred.
Bulbs are available in
winter when they are dormant and should be planted
as soon as they are received. They should be grown in a high quality well drained
organic potting mix .
We use a commercial potting mix designed for Pleione Orchid . The mix contains seven parts weathered pine bark containing fines up to 6mm, one part course river gravel, and one part Peat moss. And to one cubic metre of the potting mix we also add 3 kgs of DOLOMITE, one kg of GYPSUM, one kg of WETTING AGENT and finally 0.4kgs of CALCIUM NITRATE plus BORON.
They prefer to have a
deep root run to accommodate their root system and to prevent
drying out too fast in summer. The pot or container should be at least
12cm deep. For drainage we use a layer of 25mm scoria. On
top of the scoria a 3-4cm layer of potting mix and then a
layer of pelletised organic poultry manure such as Dynamic Lifter® that does not contain
any extra additives or chemical fertilisers.
Finally fill the
container almost to the top with another layer of potting
mix. Then plant the bulbs on top of the mix, leaving
about one third of the bulb above 'soil' level.
The bulbs will flower
from mid-September to October depending on the variety, followed by
the foliage. Take care not to over-water them until the leaves are
established. Once grown keep the mix moist but not wet.
At the height of summer
we water twice daily in the morning and late afternoon until the water
drains though the container. This prevents the build up of certain
elements in the mix that in some cases can cause premature die back in
Pleione orchids are gross
feeders and may be given a soluble
granular fertilizer, it will
burn holes in the
bulbs and foliage.
Re-potting should be carried out in winter before the bulbs commence their spring growth.
The potting mix or mulch should be carefully shaken off the roots along with the removal of last year's puedo bulb which is now dead. Trim the roots with a pair of old scissors and re-plant as per the original planting instructions. The bulbils can also be planted with the bulbs. And on the average these can take up to 4 years to grow to flowering size bulbs.
As with most things grown
in the garden, there are the pests. The pests include birds (who
scratch the bulbs out), rats (who love the taste of the most expensive
ones), and snails and slugs. Before planting we also dip our
bulbs in an environmentally friendly substance called Neem Oil which
gives protection against aphid and mite.
This product is available
from Bunnings and can also be use as a spray for a whole range of
insect type pests in the garden. The smell of the Neem Oil also acts as
deterrent that warns off would be pests.
The Neem oil comes from
the Neem tree which is native tree of India. I was told that the poorer
ople of India use the leaf from this tree to clean their teeth.
However I do not suggest that the Neem oil be used for that purpose.
Stunning dark purple petals the throat is yellowish with crimson-red tiger markings. Colours deepen as the flower ages.
|Pleione El Pico Pheasant:
Dark almost purple petals . The labellum has deeper purple marks on the outer edge of the lip and deep cherry red markings in the throat.
Very few to Offer.
(Previously sold as Ridgeway in error).
Mauve petals and outer labellum. The inside cheeks of the inner labellum are also mauve with red blotching on the mouth and throat of the labellum.
2 for $60.00
Pleione Formosanum Alba:
Pure white flower with lemon markings in the throat of the labellum . The edge of the lip is very frilly.
Ever popular with soft mauve petals and white labellum which is softly spotted on the inside of the lip. Very Easy.
3 for $13.00
10 for $44.00
Mauve purple petals . The labellum has deeper purple marks on the outer edge of the lip and fine deep cherry red markings in the throat.
Very few to Offer.
The very first of our Pleiones to flower, usually in mid August. The mauve petals and labellum is contrasted well with dark blood red makings on the lip. Very attractive and scarce.
The white petals sometimes have a pinkish flush which is dependent on the amount of sun light when flowering. The Labellum is also white and the lip is contrasted with deep cherry red markings
Dark mauve petals with white labellum which has deep red spotting on the inside of the frilly lip.
3 for $30.00
Has white petals often with soft mauve flush. The labellum is white with a soft yellow lip and fine red markings
Almost purple petals and labellum which is delightfully marked with blood red streaky dots . The lip on the labellum is deeply frilled.
This variety is very similar to Pleione Priceii. Has dark mauve petals a white labellum with ochre makings in the throat and a purple-mauve frilly lip.
3 for $40.00
has soft mauve petals with a hint of cream. The throat on the labellum
is a creamy-yellow with blood red
inside the lip. Very rare. Only a few to
Mauve pink petals
with a soft pink labellum. The inside
of the cheeks of the inner labellum are A soft pinky-pink that extends
the very deeply frilled lip. The flower also has red spotted throat
Deep mauve petals and outer labellum . The inside of the "cheeks" of the inner labellum are a peachy pink that extends out to the deeply frilled lip. The flower has deep blood red throat markings with a creamy mark on the bottom lip.
|Pleione 'Special Prayer
This variety is Autumn flowering and no sooner than the foliage begins to die down does the flower spike begins to swell and commence growing. Bulbs are only available for a very short period of time between Mid to late April and early-May.
An outstanding dark purple flower on an above average upright stem . The outer edge of the labellum has red markings. The colour of the flower is actually deeper than the photo suggests.
Very few to Offer.
Seedling from Tongariro. Has soft mauve pink petals and labellum. The outer lip of the throat has a deep mauve flush. The inner lip is marked yellow orange and lightly marked with red spotting.
2 for $45.00
|Pleione Tongariro Theolia:
Seedling from Tongariro. Has mauve purple petals and labellum The inside lip of the throat is slightly darker with reddish markings. The flower also has red stripping on the inside top of the back of the throat.
2 for $45.00
Pleione Versailles Buckleberry:
The whole flower is a soft purple. The inner lip of the labellum has cherry red markings. Very easy and hardy.
3 for $16.00
10 for $50.00
The whole flower is pure white with reddish markings on the inside of the frilly labellum.
Should be potted immediately upon receipt in a potting mixture similar to that used for Pleione Orchids. Enjoys a partly shaded position similar to Pleione Orchids and should not be allowed to dry our for any length of time. Ideal in a bowl or pot.
Has evergreen strap like foliage and a single flower on a 16cm stem typical of the photo. Needs to re-establish after purchase before it will reflower.
Chinese Ground Orchid
This Orchid as the name suggests must be grown in the garden in a well drained loose soil in an open sunny position.
Plant the tuber so that the tip of the growth spike is about 3cm below the surface of the ground. It will take a year to settle down.
3 for $13.00
6 for $24.00
||Summer Flowering Bulbs