The Q&A Archives: Peacock Orchids

Question: I recently received some peacock orchids and was wondering if I need to dig these up every fall and replant in the spring?

Answer: Peacock orchids are not true orchids, but are related to gladiolus. The plants require a longer growing season than gladiolus and planting in large groups is most effective. The flowers are good for cutting. A sunny growing area with light, well-drained soil is best. Water generously except when plants flower, and right after blooming. The plants grow 18 to 30 inches tall and bloom in late summer and early fall.

Plant corms three inches deep and six inches apart in the spring, then dig and clean the corms in the fall after the foliage matures. Store the corms in dry sand at temperatures above 60 degrees.

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