The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Pleione

Family: Orchidaceae.

Pleione Genus of about 16-20 species of small, deciduous, epiphytic, terrestrial, or lithophytic orchids mainly from wet forest or woodland, from N. India to S. China and Taiwan. They produce short-lived, variably shaped pseudobulbs with 1 or 2 folded, lance-shaped to elliptic, mid-green leaves, up to 6 in (15 cm) long, which usually fall before flowering.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Cool-growing orchids. Grow in shallow pans of terrestrial or epiphytic orchid potting mix. In summer, provide bright filtered light and moderate humidity. In winter, admit full light and allow a brief period of rest, reducing the temperature to 32-35 F (0-2 C). Water freely in spring and summer until the leaves begin to die down, then keep just moist. Misting is necessary once or twice a day. Divide annually when repotting, discarding old pseudobulbs.
Pleione bulbocodioides (Franch.) Rolfe.
Terrestrial or lithiphytic orchid with almost spherical pseudobulbs, each bearing one folded, lance-shaped to elliptic leaf. Flowers appear in spring.
Pleione humilis (Sm.) D. Don.
Epiphytic or lithophytic orchid with conical pseudobulbs, each bearing one folded, lance-shaped leaf. Flowers appear from winter to spring.
Pleione praecox (Sm.) D. Don.
Epiphytic or lithophytic orchid with bottle-shaped pseudobulbs, each bearing 2 folded, lance-shaped to narrowly elliptic leaves. Flowers appear from autumn to winter. Pleione praecox (Sm.) D. Don.

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