Texas Gardening forum: Ground Orchid Question

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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Dec 5, 2015 3:44 PM CST
Today a local gardener gave me a clump of ground orchids (bletilla striata) I was wondering if I should plant them in the ground or plant them in a pot and bring them indoors on extremely cold nights? She told me she has hers growing in both full and partial sun. I don't have a flowerbed that gets only morning sun, but I do have one that gets lots of western sun. Any info would be great, thanks. Thumbs up
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Dec 11, 2015 9:26 PM CST
I had never heard of this plant so I looked it up on wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bletilla
"They easily succeed in USDA Zone 6 with only a moderate mulch of straw or leaves. These hardiness ratings only apply to plants in the ground with the idea of preventing the actual root system from being frozen. If potted, they should be placed in a frost-free location if winter temperatures go below freezing. The plant is generally considered hardy without a mulch if minimum winter temperatures do not go below 25 °F."
Maybe you can put some in the ground and some in a pot. Looks like you got a nice little treasure. Be sure to show us some pics in the spring
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Dec 11, 2015 9:38 PM CST
And there is some more info here
The thread "Bletilla Question" in Orchids forum
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Dec 12, 2015 7:31 AM CST
Thanks Anna and Ursula Thumbs up I ended up planting the clump in a pot. I'll just bring it indoors temporarily on very cold days. I'll plant it in the ground in Spring. Thumbs up I'll definitely post pictures of the blooms. I have a seed pod on one plant. Smiling
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Dec 12, 2015 7:59 AM CST
Sounds like a plan! Smiling
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Birds Annuals Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Foliage Fan
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TexasPlumeria87
Dec 12, 2015 10:27 AM CST
The new shoots are growing larger. I wonder when the seed pod will ripen? It's still yellow with a few dark red spots. I've read they need a fungus to help them germinate?
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Dec 12, 2015 10:47 AM CST
If by any chance you have the correct mycel in the accompanying soil, you might get lucky. In all these years, I have never seen seedlings, only increasing amount of mature plants. They do spread nicely!
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Birds Annuals Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Foliage Fan
Houseplants Xeriscape Orchids Clematis Salvias Seed Starter
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TexasPlumeria87
Dec 12, 2015 11:32 AM CST
I planted the mature clump is a mix that has coarse sand, peat, alfalfa meal, and composted pine bark. Thumbs up I've never grown orchids from seed.

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