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“ I used to travel in the North of England just for taking photos of the Lady's slipper orchid (Cypripedium calceolus). I purchased one at Phytesia in 2013, and I can see 6 of them in my own garden. I look forward next Spring for new shoots. ”
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Bletilla Striata online in UK

Bletilla Striata is a variety of hardy garden orchids that are perfect for beginning gardeners and professionals alike. They come in a variety of colors including yellow, blue, white, and purple. Not only are they easy to plant, they are also easy to grow and are very low maintenance. They are popular among gardeners for several reasons. They can withstand cold, wintery, weather up to -25°C, and require no extra attention during dormant months. They are perfect additions to gardens looking to add color in a semi-shade area, as they prefer indirect, filtered light best. After the flowers open, normally in June or July, the leaves stay all the way through to fall, providing lush, green foliage to enjoy.

Bletilla Striata: the most beautiful Garden Orchid

Once you have ordered your Bletilla Striata garden orchid from Phytesia, you need to prepare the soil for planting. Before planting the rhizome, ensure that the soil that you will be working with is not too heavy, because heavy soil will not drain properly and can lead to rot and disease. If the soil is too heavy, mix in lava stone or a lighter humus-rich soil to aid in drainage and aeration. If you are planning to plant your orchid in a container, line the base of the pot with lava stone and use a light soil to plant in. Our orchids are excellent for both planting in the ground, and for container gardening to decorate a patio. Make sure, however, that the pots you choose are large enough so that new shoots have enough space to grow. Pots for your orchids should be no less than 30-40cm wide.

When your orchids have finished for the season, normally in November, the stems can be cut to 5cm. If you live in an area where winter temperatures reach -20°C to -25°C, you should add mulch on top of the plants to protect them. If temperatures do not drop below -20°C, no protection for your orchids is required. While your garden orchids are dormant, make sure that you do not over water them, especially if you are growing in pots, as too much excess water is very harmful to the rhizomes.

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When spring comes again, expect to start seeing new shoots starting in April, and dark green leaves to follow. These hardy garden orchids are extremely rewarding, and add a flare to your garden. Ideal for beginners, these orchids require very little maintenance, and can be left in place during the winter months. They are perfect for semi-shaded areas, and do require filtered light for best results. During the hottest months of summer, make sure that your orchids have enough shelter and ensure that they are never left too dry. For the best results, add potassium-rich manure during the spring and early summer months to encourage a higher yield of blooms, and to increase plant health for the following year.

You can purchase your own Bletilla Striata hardy garden orchids online, at the Phytesia website, and they ship to anywhere in the United Kingdom and Europe. If you live outside this region, please contact them directly for further information.

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Seasonal Cycle for the Bletilla Striata

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Just right for “beginners”, these terrestrial orchids are among the simplest to maintain in the garden.

Growth Phase of a Bletilla Striata

The new Bletilla shoots appear during April and open out into a bouquet of leaves in the spring. The flowering is at its best at the beginning of the summer (June, July).

Following the flowering, the foliage, fairly persistent, remains green at least until October before fading and disappearing completely. Bletilla then go into their winter dormancy.  At the end of November, when the leaves have faded, the floral scape can be cut, preserving a stem height of 5 cm.

Over the years and following the successive growth and dormancy cycles, Bletillas not only become stronger but also multiply, thanks to the annual appearance of new shoots.

Winter Dormancy

During the winter, the plant persists in pseudobulb form; make sure that the latter is not too wet in order to avoid any rotting.

Bletilla are fairly rustic orchids, so they should be protected by mulch in winter in the regions where the temperature regularly descends below -20°C to -25°C. Apart from such areas, no protection is necessary. Among Bletillas, the striata species is the most vigorous.

Planting

In the garden, a humus-rich, light, aired and well-drained soil is recommended. You can air your soil using compost for hardy perennials. For an optimal result, add 20% of lava stone (vulca) in order to maintain good moistness in summer and to ensure good drainage during the winter. Indeed, more than intense frost, it is excess water in winter that proves to be the pseudobulbs’ worst enemy.

If your soil is too compact or contains too much clay, we would advise you to create a planting pocket. Dig a trough of approximately 40cm, cover the bottom of it with a drainage layer (lava stones or small pebbles) and fill it with the substrate recommended above.

Bletilla can also be kept in pots to embellish your terraces. Be sure however to select a large enough pot (minimum diameter 30-40cm) in order to avoid impeding the development of the new peripheral shoots that will appear during the following year. Water regularly from April to September, and then leave your plants to rest. In winter, in harshly cold regions (-25°C), shelter your pots from severe frost in a cold place (maximum 5°C).

Exposure

In the garden, the ideal site will be sunny or semi-shaded. It is important not to allow the substrate to dry in summer.

Fertilisation and Pesticide Treatments

The application of potassium-rich manure during the vegetation phase (April to July) will encourage the proper development of the pseudobulbs in summer and consequently will ensure an excellent production of floral scapes during the following spring.

If necessary, protect the tender young shoots from slugs, during their emergence in the spring.