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Ponerorchis graminifolia

This is a discussion on Ponerorchis graminifolia within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Ponerorchis is a genus of terrestrial tuberous orchids in the Orchidaceae family that is sometimes ...

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    Default Ponerorchis graminifolia

    Ponerorchis is a genus of terrestrial tuberous orchids in the Orchidaceae family that is sometimes included in the genus Orchis.

    Ponerorchis graminifolia is very easy to grow, the biggest danger is too much water and thence rot. After they've flowered they'll stay in growth for a long time then just go to sleep with the fall. At this point I put the pot in the greenhouse and don't give them a drop of water until spring rolls around again. They are happy bone dry in the pot. If you knock them out be prepared to play hunt the tuber - they are like many Orchis that gather a coating of whatever medium they are in that very effectively camouflages them.

    This species is very popular in Japan where it has been grown since the Edo period by Samurai and is now grown in small orchid pots and displayed with many fancy cultivars selling for outrageous sums of money.

    I can not take credit for the flower. It was sent to me in bloom from a friend in California.




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    That is really nice. Thanks for the information too.

    Cheers,
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    Nice one there! I see it has nice foliage too

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    Lovely colours - I like it!

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    Isn't that interesting--and very attractive too! If I didn't know it was an orchid, I would have guessed it was a phlox or something.

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    It does have a look of phlox... but very nice plant and blooms.

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    Neat!

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