Guest Author - Haidy Ear-Dupuy
Do you know that orchids can grow in the soil of your garden? Why not try growing some ground orchids? One good candidate for growing in your garden is the Chinese Ground Orchids. They belong to a group of orchids that grow in the ground and are known as the terrestrial or land orchids. They can be found in subtropical and tropical environment. They tend to like growing in woodland areas. Though you can also find land orchids growing in large, open fields with relatively moist, organic soil.
The Chinese Ground Orchids, scientific name Bletilla striata, have delicate white, light pink to deep purple flowers that resembled their cousin the Cattleya orchids. They originated in China and Japan, the Chinese Ground Orchids are perennial plants that grow from year to year. If they like the soil and the location of your garden, the plants will continue to grow and multiply. They can grow up to 30 centimeters high and the clumps can get to about 20 centimeters in width.
This orchid likes loamy, loose, and well drained soil. Make sure you have soil made with good organic materials. When you plant it, give it plenty of water. Unlike the tree orchids, this ground orchid likes water, especially when it is in full bloom. When grown in places like Florida, it can flower all year round. When you grow them in containers, make sure your soil drains well and keep it moist but not soggy.
Though you can grow them in pots and containers, the Chinese Ground Orchids can also be grown directly in your flower bed if you live in mild climate area. They like to be in a partial shady spots beneath the trees. Though full sun is good, the plants seem to prefer the partial woodland shade. In the winter, be sure to protect them well if you get frost. To protect them, you can cover the area with heavy mulch, leaves, or hay to keep the area from coming into contact with ice. In area which freezes and gets some snow, plant the Chinese Ground Orchid in a south facing garden plot so as to give your plant the warmest location in the garden.
When you visit a garden center that has subtropical plants, ask them about the Chinese Ground Orchids to get an introduction to the plant. See if this plant is right for your garden.