More Information About Bletilla
Of all of the hardy orchids for sale, none are easier to grow than Bletilla. These spring-flowering perennial hardy orchids are quite durable in a wide range of garden conditions. If you have always thought hardy orchids were difficult to grow, then give a bletilla a try. The most commonly cultivated species are Bletilla striata, the less hardy Bletilla ochracea and Bletilla formosana, and hybrids between the three.
Bletilla flowers are somewhat reminiscent of the popular house plant orchid Dendrobium, only smaller. Bletilla flowers have a whorl of pointed petals surrounding a lip-like or pouch-like structure where pollination takes place. Bletilla orchids bloom in the spring and summer, over a relatively long 10 week period. Bletilla flower color varies from white to pink to yellow.
In the wild, this hardy orchid grows in semi-wooded conditions, in the dappled shade of tall grass meadows and along the edge of forests. In the garden, these orchids prefer a partial sun spot with moist, well drained soils. Once established, Bletilla orchids are fairly drought tolerant. It is a tough, low maintenance plant which makes it perfect for rain gardens. When you are ready to buy bletilla for your garden or home, check out our list of bletilla for sale.