Bletilla striata or Bletilla hyacintha is a member of the Orchid family. It grows naturally in China and Japan. This is why it is also known as the Japanese swamp orchid. It is one of the most unpretentious orchids, with extremely decorative foliage and flowers.
It is a perennial herbaceous terrestrial plant. It usually grows just below or at soil level. It produces underground rhizomes, so-called pseudobulbs, which are spherical in shape. The pseudobulbs are very similar to bulbs (as are most orchids). Long, oval leaves emerge from them in spring. The leaves are also thin, pleated, lanceolate, soft, with pointed ends, green in colour. They are arched and reach up to 45 cm in length. The leaves are arranged in groups of 4-8 along a central thick stem. They resemble a small palm tree. So the plant looks great even when it is not flowering. This orchid looks a lot like a gladiolus. In early summer (mid- to late spring in warmer regions) a floral inflorescence rises up to 30-40 cm tall, shaped like a typical orchid (although in miniature). The lip is white with dark red and pink markings. It is also broad, toothed, slightly wavy, trefoil-shaped. The petals and sepals, which are arranged alternately around the centre of the flower, are white. The stamens and fruiting sepals are interlocked with each other. Flowers are odourless or faintly scented. Blossom duration: up to 3 weeks. Flowering period: mid-spring to early summer.
The Bletilla is suitable for beginner growers! This garden orchid can be grown outdoors and in pots. It grows and develops well in semi-shade. When grown in the sun or in places where it is dry, the leaves of the Bletilla are thick and leathery (so they retain moisture). In the shade, the leaves are thin and long. The plant loses its leaves in autumn. It overwinters in the open ground only if it is well mulched. It is quite frost-resistant: it withstands -29-24 ° C. But it does not tolerate frosts. The Bletilla thrives best in an orchid substrate composed mainly of fibrous materials with the addition of pine bark, although in principle there is a wide choice of substrate for plants. During the growing season in spring and summer, it is advisable to keep the plant at temperatures below 20 °C during the day. At night, the temperature can be a few degrees lower. A humidity of 40-70 % is recommended. During the growing season, water the plant abundantly, but do not spray its leaves. When the leaves start to dry out, slowly reduce the amount of water. This plant lives for 5-15 years or more. It is widely used in Chinese medicine.
|Price per package||€4,95|
|Subvarieties||Bletilla (Garden Orchid), Summer Flowering Bulb|
|Plant Height||30-45 cm|
How to Plant
Guide and tips for planting Gladiolus bulbs
Choose the planting location: Gladiolus bulbs prefer full sun and well-drained soil. Avoid planting in areas with standing water or where the soil remains soggy after rainfall.
Prepare the soil: Loosen the soil and remove any weeds or debris from the planting area. Amend the soil with compost or organic matter to improve the soil's fertility and drainage.
Plant the bulbs: Dig a hole that is about 8-12 cm deep and place the Gladiolus bulb with the pointed end facing up. Space the bulbs about 12-24 cm apart.
Cover the bulbs: Cover the Gladiolus bulbs with soil and gently press down to remove air pockets. Make sure the soil level is even with the surrounding soil.
Water the bulbs: Give the bulbs a thorough watering after planting to settle the soil around them. Gladiolus bulbs prefer consistently moist soil, so water them regularly, but avoid over-watering as this can cause rot.
Stake the plants: Gladiolus plants can grow tall and may need to be staked for support. Insert stakes into the ground near the bulbs before they start growing to avoid damaging the plant later on.
Monitor the bulbs: Gladiolus bulbs typically take about 2-3 weeks to emerge from the soil, so be patient. Once they emerge, water and fertilize regularly to encourage healthy growth. Gladiolus plants can bloom in mid to late summer and may require occasional fertilization throughout the growing season.
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