Pleione Alf Beecher
"Trains for the Garden"
8-10 Henderson Hill rd Silvan 3795
rare and delightful little orchids are a cold
climate bulb native to the
Himalayas, India, Thailand, Vietnam and China. They are found at
altitudes between 900 and 3000 metres 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 5 to 15cms in height. As the flower begins to die
pleated spear -shaped foliage emerges and grows to about 20cm.
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 fine high quality well drained
organic potting mix or fine bush mulch which has been heat treated.
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. A 3-4cm layer of course compost is beneficial for drainage
then add about 4cm of fine bush mulch or organic potting mix and then a
layer of pelletised organic poultry manure such as Dynamic Lifter
without any additives.
Finally fill the
container almost to the top with another layer of bush Mulch or potting
mix. Then place the bulb 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.
style="">Pleione orchids are gross
feeders and may be given a soluble
late autumn. Do not apply on hot days and do not use
granular fertiliser, it will burn holes in the
bulbs and foliage.
As the Pleione is a
Pseudo bulb the original bulbs will eventually die and be replaced with
new bulbs and often bulbils that have grown from the top of the
Repotting should be
carried out in winter before the bulbs commence their spring growth.
When the new bulbs are removed from their containers every care must be
taken not to damage the new growth buds.
The potting mix or mulch
should be carefully shaken off the roots along with the removal of last
year's bulb which is now dead. Trim
the roots with a pair of old scissors and plant as per the original
Stunning dark purple petals the throat is yellowish with crimson-red tiger markings. Colours deepen as the flower ages.
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.
3 for $15.00
10 for $45.00
Dark mauve petals with white labellum which has deep red spotting on the inside of the frilly lip.
4 for $40.00
has soft mauve petals with a hint of
yellow. The throat on the labellum is a creamy-yellow with blood red
inside the lip. Very rare. Handful only.
(Previously sold as Ridgeway in error).
Mauve petals and outer labellum. The inside cheeks of the inner labellum are also mauve with red bloching on the mouth and throat of the labellum.
2 for $80.00
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.
An outstanding dark purple flower on an above average upright stem . The outer edge of the labellum has strong red makings. The colour of the flower is actually deeper than the photo, which is not colour accurate.
2 for $45.00
Pleione Versailles Buckleberry:
The whole flower is a soft purple. The inner lip of the labellum has cherry red markings. The photo does not do justice to the colours. Very hardy.
3 for $18.00
10 for $60.00
The whole flower is pure white with reddish markings on the inside of the frilly labellum.
Should be potted immediatly upon reciept 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