My Poor Ground OrchidThursday, October 22, 2009
When I was with some friends at Cameron Highlands a few months ago, we saw lots of purple ground orchids and bamboo orchids growing wildly at the slopes by the side of the road. We stopped to dig out some to bring home...
When I reached home, I just put a little soil into a pot and planted the orchid into it, just like the original state. The plant came from rocky slopes with minimal soil. After about one month and with some good orchid fertiliser new shoots began to grow from the side of the roots. A flower bud sprouted too.
Spathoglottis Plicata is the botanic name of this orchid and it is native of Southeast Asia, to the Phillippines.
The flower bud took weeks to build up.
Then the bud unfolds...
Unfortunately, it got sunburnt one hot afternoon and the flower never get to blossom :-(
I learnt that it normally blooms throughout the year. The spent flower stem and dead foliages have to be cut off regularly to promote healthier growth.
Do you have a ground orchid at home? What precaution do you take in order for the flower to bloom nicely?