Bletilla Striata Orchids are originally from Asia. These are a terrestrial orchid, hence the name 'Chinese Ground Orchid' they found from China through to Vietnam.
Bletilla Orchids such as Bletilla striata and Bletilla yokahama prefer a shaded position.
They will grow to 60cm in height depending on species and are generally fairly hardy in a humus rich moist soil, they can be grown in pots or containers, however they do require some protection from heavy frosts and extreme cold.
These are excellent orchids for beginers, they require less care than most orchids and will survive fairly harsh conditions.
Best grown in containers, howver in the warmer parts of the UK they will survive outdoors.
- Well drained soil
- Full Sun
- Protection from frosts and freezing conditions
- Best in afternoon shade in warmer climates although not usually a problem in the UK.
Bletilla Orchid Species include:
- Bletilla striata
- Bletilla striata alba
- Bletilla striata albostriata
- Bletilla striata alba variegata
- Bletilla striata kuchibeni
- Bletilla striata rosea
- Bletilla striata murasaki shikibu
Bletilla Orchids are available for sale from the following nurseries
LANESIDE HARDY ORCHID NURSERY
74 Croston Road Garstang Preston PR3 1HR
phone 01995 605537
Offers the largest selection of terrestrial hardy orchids in the UK. Nursery, mail order or shows.
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