Asides from visiting the San Fransisco plant show she wrote that she loved Bletilla. AKA the chinese ground Orchid.
Kindred spirits across the Atlantic, and the entire united states!
The two that are growing are photographed. The bark covered tips are rising upwards seeking the light. Multiple layers have been shed like winter coats on a hot day. Im guessing its a rolled up leaf, cuban cigar style thats emerging from the green undercoat.
This one above has a bad back from being at a funny angle during the winter snooze, when the bulbs were dormant..
I have no experience of growing Orchids, so I will photograph them lots as they hopefully progress to flowering. All i have done is made a free draining soil with 50% vermiculite, and 50% soil. They grow naturally in soil in South east Asia on sandy hillsides. Im not going to try Epiphtic Orchids with the bark soilless medium for the pots!
Angela did your Bletilla Striata flower last year?The purple one.Hope you read this!
This Orchid stem is dead straight and has lovely striated green undercoat. You can just see the outer bark wood coat. Both bulbs have anchored themselves now. The roots will be seeking moisture, and nutrients to kickstart the process of growing.
The last phot shows the sleepy Orchid bulb. Zzzzzz. Every family has someone who will never get out of bed. I think this bulb belongs to the Snoozy family. The roots are working their way down so hopefully they will catch up soon with the two early risers.