Bletilla striata (Chinese Ground Orchid) [50 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds only for gardeners who have experience with challenging seeds, as they can require experimentation and a lot of patience. I have not (yet) tried starting Chinese ground orchid from seed myself, so I can only pass along the general advice of surface-sowing on chopped sphagnum moss, enclosing the pot in a plastic bag, and setting it in a bright place for eventual germination, which may well take months. If you are interested in trying these seeds, I encourage you to do an online search to find first-hand information on approaches that have worked for other gardeners.

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A gem for shady gardens, Chinese ground orchid (Bletilla striata) is much less fussy than you might expect from an orchid. It grows from pseudobulbs, producing long, relatively narrow, pleated leaves and separate flowering stems to about 18 inches tall, carrying elegant, pinkish purple flower in late spring. Eventually, they can spread by short rhizomes to form broad clumps. Partial shade; soil that’s somewhat on the moist side. Hardy in Zones 6 to 9, maybe up to Zone 5 with protection, or grow it in a container and bring it indoors for the winter.

Collected in late October 2022. Each packet contains at least 50 seeds (likely many more; be aware that they are VERY tiny, looking something like fine sawdust in the packet).

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