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Pleiones Easy Orchids from Bulbs


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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Growing Vanda Orchids


For growing Vanda orchids all you need is warmth and humidity although a foliar feed is often beneficial. Vandas are tropical orchids that live on trees with the aerial roots hanging free.

Simple Growing Method

  • Grow Vandas in a tall cylindrical vase with the roots trailing to the bottom. Wedge the shallow pot holding the crown in the top.
  • In summer fill the vase with tepid water and leave for 25 minutes then pour it all out.
  • Every fortnight add some Orchid food to the water.
  • Grow the Vanda at 60 degrees Fahrenheit or above
  • Vandas grown in baskets or high temperatures require watering more often.

Vanda Orchideen

What is a Vanda Orchid

  • Vandas flower in rich colors, including blue, purple, red, orange and yellow.
  • The flower spikes usually carry 8 to 10 blooms and last for several weeks.
  • These Dutch grow Vandas are displayed in a light window situation.
  • The distinctive strap like leaves form a stem as they develop and grow. The flower spike rises from the base of the leaves.
  • The shallow pot is their to add stability.


What are Ascocendas

  • Ascocendas are a cross between Vandas and Ascocentrum
  • Most find their origin in Thailand, Myanmar, India, Java and the Philippines.
  • They are also evergreen epiphytes with an upright leaves.
  • They can bloom twice or three times a year with long lasting flowers.

  • Credits
    vanda-paperbark by maxful CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
    Vanda Orchideen by blumenbiene CC BY 2.0
    Vanda by NjuTIKA, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


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