The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Orchidaceae.

Bletilla striata Common name(s): Chinese ground orchid Bletilla striata alba
Bletilla Genus of about 10 species of deciduous, terrestrial orchids from cool to temperate regions of China, Taiwan, and Japan. They have short rhisomes that develop corm-like pseudobulbs, partially underground. Each pseudobulb produces 3-4 linear to obovate, folded leaves. Upright, terminal racemes of up to 12 bell-shaped flowers are borne from spring to early summer. Nice plant for a cool greenhouse or for alpine house. Bletilla
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Indoor, grow in soil-based potting mix with added leaf mold, in bright filtered or bright indirect light. Outdoors, grow in moist, well-drained, humus-rich soil in a sheltered site, with partial shade in summer. Mulch during winter, or dig up and store in a dry and frost-free place. Water freely in summer. Keep dry in winter. Divide in early spring.
Bletilla striata alba flowers
Flowers Bletilla striata alba flowers
Bletilla striata flowers
Flowers. Bletilla striata flowers

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