Pleione orchids are found naturally in the mountains of the Himalayas, India, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and China. Pleione orchids have big showy flowers that are easily grown in a frost free greenhouse, on a cool shaded windowsill or outdoors if they are given adequate winter protection. These members of the orchid family have pseudobulbs – swollen basalt stems which act as the plants’ storage organs. Each year a new stem emerges from the base of the previous season’s pseudobulb. Both flowers and leaves are borne on these stems which then swell to become a new pseudobulb. The flowers borne singly or in pairs are made up of a central tube with a large flower lip usually ridged and fringed and marked with colored blotches ranging from dark pink to snow white and all shades in between. We deliver plants with 10 – 15 pseudobulbs, which must be kept partly above ground when planting, just as they are in the pot. Flowering takes place between April – May and can last up to 4 weeks. For more information see: Orchid Care, Our Publications and Quality.