Pleione Alf Beecher

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Pleione Orchids:
Cultural Notes

These 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 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 5 to 15cm in height.  As the flower begins to die ,the 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 them 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 n ot wet.

Pleione orchids are gross feeders and may be given a soluble  fertilizer high in potash such as Phostrogen, about once every six weeks until the foliage dies down in late autumn. Do not apply on hot days and do not use granular fertilizer, 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 original bulb.

Re-potting 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 planting instructions.

Please note these bulbs can only be sold during their dormant period  from the beginning of June to mid August.

Pleione Alf Beecher:

Stunning dark purple petals the throat is yellowish with crimson-red tiger markings. Colours deepen as the flower ages.

 $65.00 each
Limit one

Pleione Bulbocoides:
A species with mauve pink petals and labellum contrasted with cherry marking in the throat.

$27.50 each
Limit one.
Very few to Offer.

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.

$27.50 each
Limit one.
Very few to Offer.

Pleione Eureka:
(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.
$35.00 each
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.

$12.50 each
Limit three

Pleione Formosanum:

Ever popular with soft mauve petals  and white labellum which is softly spotted  on the inside of the lip.   Very Easy.                           

$5.00 each
  3 for $13.00

10 for $44.00

Pleione Noojee:

Dark mauve petals with white labellum which has deep red spotting on the inside of the frilly lip.

$14.00 each
  3 for $30.00  

Pleione Otto Fauser:
Almost purple petals and labellum which is delightfully marked with blood red streaky dots . The lip on the labellum is deeply frilled.

$30.00 each
Limit one.

Pleione Oriental Grace:
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.

$18.00 each
3 for $50.00

Pleione Peter Bradbury:

This  Shangtung variety has soft mauve petals with a hint of yellow. The throat on the labellum is a creamy-yellow with blood red markings inside the lip. Very rare. Only a few to offer.  

$75.00 each
Limit one.

Pleione Soufriere:
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.
$45.00 each

Pleione Tolima Merryl:
Deep mauve petals and labellum contrasted with a bright yellow throat. The labellum has little or no spotting .

$35.00 each
Very few to Offer.
Limit one

Pleione Tongariro:

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.

$20.00 each
2 for $35.00

Pleione Versailles Buckleberry:
The whole flower is a soft purple. The inner lip of the labellum has cherry red markings.  Very easy and hardy.
$6.00 each
3 for $16.00
  10 for $50.00

Pleione W2:

The whole flower is pure white with reddish markings on the inside of the frilly labellum.

$12.50 each
Limit Three

Other related Orchids

Slipper Orchid
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.

$15.00 each

Chinese Ground Orchid
(Bletilla striata)
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.
$5.00 each
3 for $13.00
6 for $24.00

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