Calanthe Hybrid ‘Lilac-blue’

This hybrid variety develops flowers with a very special lilac blue colouring

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Data sheet

RangeTrendy garden
ColorBlue
FloweringApril, May
Height30-50 cm
ExposureSemi-shade
HardinessHalf-Hardy (-10°C)
Presentation1 liter container, flowering size plant, 1-2 shoots

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The Calanthe genus contains about 200 species mainly in the Far East. This is a very popular orchid family in Japan, where they are considered sacred flowers. The variety of colors seems infinite. Some species and some cultivars have a very pleasant scent. As the flowering is the longest of all perennial orchids, this plant is also an excellent choice for growing in a pot on a terrace. In this case, be sure to select a large pot (minimum diameter 30-40 cm) so as not to hinder the development of new releases that will appear on the periphery the following year.

 

 

Planting          

 

Calanthe Orchids like protected environments, humus-rich, light, fresh and regularly humid soils.

Plant the Calanthe orchids in a protected spot, in clear and humid undergrowth, or even near water points, close to Cypripedium, arisaemas, ferns or hostas.

The soil should never dry up in summer, and it should never be waterlogged in winter. Make sure to water regularly between April and September.

Terrestrial Calanthe Orchids are quite greedy plants during the growing season: a regular supply of geranium-type fertilizer at 1/2 dose from mid-May to mid-September will be very beneficial.

Calanthe Orchids can withstand a minimum temperature of -10°C to -15°C. It is advisable, at least in regions with severe winters, to protect them during long periods of freezing (temperatures below -15°C for a long period).

No protection is required outside these periods.

 

Exposure

Expose them, half shade, at the edge of the big trees.

 

Growth Phase...

During the winter, the plant persists in the form of a pseudo-bulb.

Young Calanthe orchid shoots appear and spread their leaves in April. Depending on the species, flowering appears in spring, summer or autumn.

Over the years and successive cycles of growth and dormancy, Calanthe Orchids not only grow stronger, they also multiply thanks to the annual appearance of new shoots.

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