Pleiones Easy Orchids from Bulbs

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Pleiones are charming orchids grown in pots from a pseudobulb that splits into two or more after flowering which helps to increase your stock. The flowers arrive first on 6-8 inch stems in spring followed by 6 inch long 2 inch wide leaves.

Five Top Tips for Pleiones

  • Also known as the Windowsill Orchid or the Indian crocus Pleione species (20c) or hybrids (250c) are available in many colours including yellows, pinks, whites and purples. Most have the spotting on the lip or patterned colouring.
  • Pleione should be planted in bowls or pots with about one third of the bulb showing and one third of the pot filled with crocks. Drainage is more important than the composition of the compost and roots should not be allowed to become waterlogged.
  • Plant in cool conditions early in the year and allow to warm up through summer to no more than 25°C. Plants need a cool resting period in Autumn and Winter. The stringy roots can be trimmed to 2 inches before replanting.
  • Feed plants once the leaves start to emerge with a weak balanced feed but do not allow to stand in water.
  • Find a reliable local supplier or buy mail order from a specialist like Springwood Pleiones who supply the flower above Pleione Er-hai (speciosa x Etna) You will find many hybrids named after volcano like Stromboli and Vesuvius

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  2. Top Windowsill Plants | Gardeners Tips - November 17, 2009

    […] Geraniums make good house plants and will flower most of the year given the chance and a regular light feed. Like many plants they are phototropic and grow towards the light. For this reason they need a quarter turn regularly to keep growth even. As windowsills may narrow you can try some of the dwarf or miniature varieties which I find fascinating (see the pink flower and variegated leaf in the background). Stephanotis has a heady fragrance on waxy flowers and needs to be stood on damp pebbles to maintain humidity for best blooms. Keep well fertilised and provide some support for the climbing stems. Cacti are often found on a windowsill and I would opt for one of the flowering Rebutia for its dainty appearance. Cyclamen persicum are popular flowering plants for winter that need regular watering and humid conditions so avoid too much direct sunlight. Cape Primroses or Streptocarpus are now available in many varieties and colours. The photograph shows an small flowered bicolour Blue Layla. Beware some Streptocarpus have one or two very large leaves that can be damaged by curtains and rough handling. Windowsill Orchids or Pleiones make good windowsill bulbs as the name implies see Easy orchids from Bulbs […]

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