The Q&A Archives: Peacock Orchid

Question: I was given Peacock Orchid bulbs and I want to know what they look like and their scientific name. Plus planting instructions.

Answer: Acidanthera bicolor, the Peacock orchid, is related to gladiolus, not orchids, but it requires a longer growing season than gladiolus. Plant in large groups for the best landscape effect, spacing 9" apart. The fragrant flowers are good for cutting and are present in late summer or early fall. A sunny growing area with light, well-drained soil is best. Water generously except when plants flower or after blooming.

In spring, plant the corms three inches deep. Dig and
clean the corms in the fall after the foliage matures.
Remove the stems and cure the corms in a cool dry place
for several weeks. Pack the corms in peat moss and store
at 40 degrees.

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