Nursery, where you will find a selection of easy to grow near hardy (pleiones)
and hardy (cypripedium) orchids.
are offered as flowering
size bulbs (FS)
size bulbs will generally have one or two buds when dispatched.
bulbs will need to grow one more year before flowering.
you are new to Pleiones, you may not want to take that risk - go for
I use 'pseudobulbs' and 'bulbs' interchangeably; 'bulbs' is shorter and I trust
you know what I mean.
happens after the bulb gets to you is entirely up to your skill, i.e. correct
compost, adequate watering, appropriate temperature etc. Full instructions are given, so don't worry, just follow them and you should be rewarded with the
most delicate and appealing flowers.
There is also extensive growing information on this site.
Cypripediums have been grown from seedlings for
several years. They are dispatched “bare root”, i.e. stripped of compost,
and need to be planted upon receipt. Full instructions
All our plants
are from 'cultivated' stock, acquired either as young bulbs or seedlings from reputable growers, mainly in the
UK and some from Continental Europe. We do not sell plants taken
from the wild.
on the species or hybrid, orchids may take anything between 4 and 8 years to
flower from seed. This explains why they aren’t cheap, as they need to be
looked after for a long time, during which losses occur from adverse weather
conditions, predation by slugs and snails etc.
it all seems worthwhile as they are such a joy to behold, and they convey a
great sense of achievement when they flower and grow into large clumps.
let us not ignore the conservation benefits, which arise from growing seed-raised
orchids. The more there are and the easier they are to obtain, the less pressure
there will be on wild populations of these delightful plants. In nature, they suffer from
habitat destruction by the advances of loggers and property
developers as well as the indiscriminate pilferage of commercial collectors. So
let's grow lots of them to ensure their conservation.