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Hardy Garden Orchid

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Sue09-May-02 05:55 PM EST 6a   
Susan09-May-02 07:25 PM EST 6a   
Sue10-May-02 08:49 AM EST 6a   

Subject: Hardy Garden Orchid
From: Sue (
Zone: 6a
Date: 09-May-02 05:55 PM EST

Hi: Wondering if anyone has any hardy garden orchids growing. If so where did you plant them and how successful have they been? Thanks............Sue

Subject: RE: Hardy Garden Orchid
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 09-May-02 07:25 PM EST

Do you mean Bletilla striata? I've grown them quite successfully for several years now. I grow them in rather more shade than they're supposed to like - they're on the side of my rhododendron bank under my pine trees. The soil on the bank is a mix of triple mix, coarse peat, pine needles and mulched oak leaves. The hardy orchids are rather less 'showy' than I hoped they'd be (maybe they would be better in a sunnier spot....) What I really like is the hardy cyclamens (Cyclamen hederifolium) which grow in the same area. They are very pretty and unexpected when they blossom in the fall.

Subject: RE: Hardy Garden Orchid
From: Sue (
Zone: 6a
Date: 10-May-02 08:49 AM EST

Thanks for your input Susan - yes that is it's name. I potted it up in the house a few weeks ago and it is peeking through now - I'll find a great spot for it - it was one of those plants that call your name at the garden centre - so I brought it home! Have never done anything with orchids before so looking forward to this one. Thanks Sue

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