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Watching the orchids grow......

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I received Calanthe discolor (hardy Japanese ground orchid) and a Bletilla Striata (Chinese ground orchid) last year as replacements for a plant I ordered and the company didn’t have any of good enough quality to send me. I had never heard of these before and they did nothing last year except grow a couple of leaves. I decided to pot them up in the late autumn and put them in the greenhouse, just to be on the safe side after the last winters experiences. Anyway a few weeks ago I noticed new leaves emerging and kept an eye on them. I have found it fascinating watching them develop. I thought you might be interested to see how they progressed…..
On February 18th the new leaves tightly curled around each other on the Calanthe and no sign of a flower stem at this point. I just thought they were new leaves growing……

Meanwhile the Bletilla was steadily growing what I thought were new leaves.

February 22nd when I came down it looked like the edge of the Calanthe leaves were turning brown and I was so disappointed until an hour later when I got a nice surprise to see the leaves were separating to reveal a bunch of flowers…

..and the Bletilla was beginning to show signs of flower buds on the tips of the stems…

By this time I was getting quite excited ( I must lead such a sheltered life)
On the 24th February the Calanthe flower stem was beginning to straighten and more flowers were evident…..

By the 27th Feb the Calanthe stem was straightened further and more flowers were unfolding from the leaves. It was looking really pretty now.

But the Bletilla was still teasing me…


Then on the 29th February it gave me a hint of what colour the flowers were going to be….what a pleasant surprise….

..and a day later….

The Calanthe was fully out and as straight as I think it’s going to get…


The Bletilla on the 2nd of March…

..and finally full out on the 4th….

What a lovely surprise these two plants turned out to be.

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What a great blog!!! I really really really like your Calanthe (on my to buy list!).

4 Mar, 2012

 

That is a lovely blog, thank you, what beautiful flowers.

4 Mar, 2012

 

Wonderful flowers on the Calanthe and Bletilla ...
thanks for sharing such pretty photos ..
and well done ! :o)

4 Mar, 2012

bjs
Bjs
 

They are beautiful Who did you buy from?.
I have one Calantha in the garden for at least 3 years but yet to see any flowers, yours make me think it may be to cold.

4 Mar, 2012

 

Great blog Hb. Lovely to see them unfold like that. Very interesting and worth growing.

4 Mar, 2012

 

How fortunate it turned out to be for you. They are both beauties the Calanthe is stunning!

4 Mar, 2012

 

that calanthe is amazing, its like unwrapping an untidy parcel to find something incredibly beautiful!!

i put this blog on my favourites ~ its great to scroll down and watch the buds unfold.

4 Mar, 2012

 

It was good of the company to be honest about not sending other plants, which they considered to be not of good enough quality. Had you received other orders from the company previous to that ?

4 Mar, 2012

 

I love them both,Homebird...what a lovely double surprise for you..I've never seen either of them before..:o)

4 Mar, 2012

 

They are both lovely Homebird, I don`t know either of these , I think the Calanthe is my favourite of the two.
Thanks for showing us their progress...

4 Mar, 2012

 

Two real beauties Hb..

4 Mar, 2012

 

Tanks for these pics, HB. Never seen these before and they are so special. Well done for not throwing them away when they were looking dead. Your patience has really been rewarded with these beauties.

4 Mar, 2012

 

What fab. exotic flowers, incredible. I love them, well done.Great blog.

4 Mar, 2012

 

excellent Hb, a real pleasure to see those wonderful plants in flower, well done..

4 Mar, 2012

 

Thankyou everyone for your lovely comments, as you can probably tell I have enjoyed watching these grow.
I got them from Jersey Plants Tt as part of an order I had requested. I have bought quite a few plants from them over the years and never had a problem.
You put it really well Stickie. It also reminded me of a Greek meal we enjoyed of meat wrapped in vine leaves.
Bjs I will probably keep these potted up now as, although they are said to be hardy, I would rather not risk losing them and will leave them out until the first frosts. I read on another web site that they are hardy to 0 deg C.
Well..just looked out the window and it's snowing...can you believe.

4 Mar, 2012

 

:-)
yes i can believe the snow ~ we had that here this morning!

4 Mar, 2012

 

At least it's too wet to stick to anything thankfully Sticki.

4 Mar, 2012

 

yes, same here! and its stopped now!

4 Mar, 2012

 

we've had 10.5 mm of rain today and it's just stopped :-))

4 Mar, 2012

 

it stopped and then started again ~ wind, snow, hail and rain!!!

4 Mar, 2012

 

No snow here,but plenty of rain..it stopped and the sun came out briefly late afternoon..then back to the rain..glad we stayed home today..:o)

4 Mar, 2012

 

Great blog ... with two beautiful flowering plants ... eventually! ... :o)

11 Mar, 2012

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