Pleione x Versailles Bucklebury Pleione Shantung form
Pleiones are a range of terrestrial and epiphytic orchid species that come from Southeast Asia and even into the Himilayas. By understanding a few basic requirements they are easy to cultivate. They are shallow rooting plants best grown in groups in an open airy mix, with protection from frosts, especially when they are in flower.
Climate (natural): Warm wet Summers. Winter cool and dry (some have snow). (No leaves or live roots).
Cultivation: 1: Do not over water in Spring - to encourage roots to search for moisture.
2: Keep well watered and fed during growing season once roots have developed. Do not give check by allowing them to dry out.
3: Rest in Winter with low temperature and dry conditions.
The Growing Calendar:
July: Divide and pot. Leave mix damp only. Do not water until buds appear.
Aug: Buds appear end of month. Begin watering a little. (when flowerbuds are 20mm long bulbs can be refrigerated for up to 6 weeks and will flower 3 weeks after potting)
Sept: Airy conditions. Benefit from ventilation when in growth. they need 30% shade.
Oct: As flowers fade foliage grows quick. Remove spent flowers to encourage vegetation growth.
Nov-Feb: Cool semi-shade humid. Keep mix well watered.
Apr-May: As leaves turn yellow, reduce watering. 3 weeks leaves brown and fall off.
The help of Denis Hughes and George Fuller in compiling the information on this page is greatly appreciated.
Denis Hughes is a second generation nurseryman who operates the family nursery, (Blue Mountain Nurseries, Tapanui, New Zealand, email: firstname.lastname@example.org and is the main supplier of pleiones in New Zealand.They are willing to supply overseas customers but this involves certain costs which must be passed on.
George Fuller MBE, is retired curator of Pukekura Park and a Founding and Life member as well as Patron of the Taranaki Orchid Society. He trained at Sanders (St Albans) Ltd, which was one of the UK's leading orchid nurseries, from 1947-51. He also spent 2 1/2 years at Kew gardens.
Pleione fomosana Pleione limprichtii
http://www.rareplants.co.uk/pleione/index.htm UK Pleione nursery