large, mature bare-root bulbs of Pleione formosana. Lab raised from seed, bred from our finest examples.
Breaking from dormancy! Ready to be potted. Ready to flower!
I think these are some of the most magnificent orchids grown in cultivation today. Very large lavender petals and an elongated white frilly lip with brown spots. The flowers are even more spectacular because they bloom when there is still very little foliage so all you see are the flowers!
We have a very limited quantity of these plants each year. When they are gone, we won't have any more available until 2023!
The plants die back to the ground in late fall and need a dry, cold rest for a couple of months. When the leaves start looking ragged in the fall we dig them all up, sort them for size, store them in boxes in a cool, dry place, and don't bother them until we see new sprouts in January February. Flowers emerge soon after. They seem to prefer shallow "bulb pans" with a mix of 1/2 soil 1/2 fine bark with the bulbs sitting on top of the mix. Medium-light and Medium temps while active. Hardy to 20 degrees, many people grow them outdoors in mild climates.