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Ophrys or Orchis

This is a discussion on Ophrys or Orchis within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi Eveyone! Last weekend I was on this short trip around my house in the ...

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    Hi Eveyone!

    Last weekend I was on this short trip around my house in the open fields in jerusalem trying to find cyclamen plants to uproot and grow in a pot when I found a few Orchid-looking plants. I uprooted one of those. It had two onion looking parts along with the roots so I didn't thiink much of it. I brought it home and planted it in a pot. Later on, I did some research and I found out that it could be either on Orchis or an Ophrys(which grow in the Mediterranean region), so of course i really got excited about it. I decided that today after work, I will go and hunt for some more of these terrestrial orchids. I will post some pictures tomorrow. Since they are not flowering yet. It could be anytime between February and May, I cannot really identify which type those are.

    Right now I am so excited to finish work!

    Do you have some information on growing those terrestrial plants?

    Thanks

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    Afraid I don't have any experience wih terrestrial orchids. But before getting any other you should check to see what laws regarding harvesting wild orchids are in your area. Many governments do not allow it because of the devastation that has occurred to wild orchid populations throughout the world.

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    I wouldn't take too many since you haven't gotten how to grow them.
    I would keep as much of the original soil as possible. Many terrestrials are symbiotic with fungi that is in the soils. Do not damage the roots! For most orchids the roots are the most important part or it will be set back.
    Also think light and fluffy with the growing media for them.
    I have a terrestrial orchid growing book to refer to but I am not at home right now. I bought it since I have some cypripediums, but I am a newbie. They say it take two years of experience to get a hang of cypripediums. I'm sure my book has Othrys or orchis in it since it covers most terrestrials in cultivation.

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    Wild orchids are a protected species in the UK. You are not allowed to dig them up. Judi

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    Thank you for your replies guys!

    After reading about your concerns about whether the wild Orchids might protected by law, I decided not to take any more and and to enjoy their beauty once they flower. I hope that in a couple of months they are in bloom so that i will take photos of them where they are and to post them here for everyone to enjoy.

    As for the first plant i already uprooted originally, I will try to take good care of it for it to also hopefully bloom.

    Fadi

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    Quote Originally Posted by salvador1970 View Post
    Thank you for your replies guys!

    After reading about your concerns about whether the wild Orchids might protected by law, I decided not to take any more and and to enjoy their beauty once they flower. I hope that in a couple of months they are in bloom so that i will take photos of them where they are and to post them here for everyone to enjoy.

    As for the first plant i already uprooted originally, I will try to take good care of it for it to also hopefully bloom.

    Fadi
    That is good news, Fadi. I would love to see them in bloom in the wild. I bet that will be amazing.

    Cheers,
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    Good decision into not taking anymore. I like the way ophrys look like bubblebees, they must be spectaular where you are.

    If you are still interested I looked into my book "Growing Hardy Orchids" by John Tullock. It was a book that was actually suggested to me by another forum member.
    Tullock suggests high drainage for these orchids, and he uses his general purpose mix. Tullocks general purose mix is two parts pine bark fines, one part long fibre sphag, one part perlite and 1 tablspoon of lime depending on size of pot.
    As with other orchids, I'm sure other mixes would work, but it takes experimentation/experience to get the texture right or a mix that work with your watering schedule

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    Bulbs of the terrestrial orchids in Turkey are used for producing 'Salep', a food/beverage ingredient that increases the viscosity of the medium, especially used in ice-cream and a Turkish hot beverage also called 'Salep'. Hundreds of thousands of wild bulbs are collected each year which is putting many Turkey endemic species in danger. Recently, there are studies run by universities to save the endemic orchids.

    I managed to survive a bag of wild-collected Ophyris bulbs from the hands of one collector last winter, luckily most of them were intact. They were nearly clear of any soil, so I was not hoping them to survive the summer, but all bloomed their pretty bees.

    Again I was not hoping them to survive up to now because their lack of symbiotic bacteria in the compost, but they amazingly did and now they all have 2-3 leaves.

    I'm not very proud to have a part of disturbing the wildlife, but on the other hand I'm glad that I could manage to save a few and I was able to get them live.

    About the growing conditions; the mix is a mixture of loam, large size sand, perlite and coarse pine bark, forming a dense thick compost. The pots are staying outside without any protection all year without any care and watering at all; leaving all to the mother nature.

    Cheers,

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    Hi Guys!

    BD: I will surly post some photos when they are in bloom. I am sure it will be a very pretty sight with all the blooms hopefully I can't wait to see the colors and varieties...

    Smartie: Thanks for the name of the book. I already looked it up and I think I will order it. I also want to order another book on growing the non terrestrial exotic Orchids, if you have any suggestions?

    Burak: I planted the terrestrial orchid that I took in a pot and placed it outside. It already has three leaves on it. I also took some of the original soil around it which contained pines leaves and other unidentifed components. I hope it will continue to grow though

    Have A good day!

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    Sorry I don't remember any titles to tropical orchid books and I don't own any. I go to the library if I need tropical orchid books because they always have something, or I check out the forums.

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