Ground Orchid, Spathoglottis Plicata (Purple) - Plant
Description for Ground Orchid, Spathoglottis Plicata (Purple)
This easily grown terrestrial herb has pretty, arching broad leaves with prominent parallel veins and a few or large cluster of small flowers at the end of a long stalk as tall as 1 metre arising from a basal leaf axil. The leaves emerge from round pseudo bulbs that become increasingly multiple and larger as the orchid matures.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Ground Orchid||White, Violet/Lavender, Light pink, Orange-Yellow.||Round the year.||2 feet.||Easy.|
Planting and care
|Full sun to partial shade.||Orchid mixes or a combination of orchid mix and soil-less potting mix for general potted plants.||Water thoroughly, then allow the surface and top layer of the planting media to dry out before you water it again.||They like to live in the high 80s during the day and no cooler than 50 F. (10 C.) at night.||Fertilize the orchid with a reduced-strength 20-20-20 fertilizer tablet once a month by inserting it about 6 inches deep in the center of the growing medium.|
Caring for Ground Orchid
- Attach a bamboo stake to the orchids spike when it reaches around 12 inches tall with orchid spring clips spaced every 2 inches.
- Orchids need ample water but should be allowed to dry out some between waterings.
- One way to check for watering is by poking your finger about an inch into the growing media.
- If it is dry, give it some water; otherwise, let it be. Indoor orchid plants also need adequate humidity, about fifty to seventy percent.
- There are various ways to increase the humidity in your home.
- Place a water-filled saucer or tray of pebbles beneath plants, mist plants daily, or use a humidifier.
Typical uses of Ground Orchid
Ornamental use: Ground Orchids can do well in your flower beds almost year round. Ground orchids can be grown as potted plants.
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