Pleonies: starting the growing season

The Pleonies have been packaged up in the fridge over winter, to test out a new method of providing the cooler conditions they require. A few days ago, I thought it might be time to check on them to see if they have started to push any roots.

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Packing up the Pleonies

Things have begun to settle down in the grow space now that summer is well and truly over. The Oncidiums have started to perk up now the temperatures are cooler, the Phalaenopsis are rapidly producing flower spikes, and the Pleonies have decided it’s time to have a break.

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Pleonie orchid blooms: an update

If you’ve been following my blog for a little while, you’ll know that I purchased two new orchids this year. Pleonie orchids. My Pleonie formosana grew very well for me last year, so I decided to try my hand at a few more.

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Pleonie formosana

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How Pleonie orchids grow

Pleonie orchids are a beautiful and simple orchid to grow. The blooms form on the new pseudo-bulb that develops at the end of each growing season. The growth development in later winter / early spring is rapid; within a few weeks the new growths will have produced a flower, continuing to grow until the big floppy leaves have reached their maximum. The blooms themselves are short lived. My first Pleonie’s blooms lasted for about 5-6 weeks, but it was absolutely gorgeous!

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