Bletilla Hybrida


Through its complex and intricate blooms, Bletillia orchids give a tropical air to an outdoor garden.  A hardy terrestrial orchid, Bletillia hybrids flower from May onwards. Each flower will have 5 narrow petals radiating above a broad lower petal or lip. The flowers are about 2.5 cm (1 inch) across and appear in sprays of 3-6 at the top of arching stems which can be up to 40 cm (16 in) long and are butterfly-like.  Their attractive slender, upright pointed leaves of green are pleated and sword-like.  A range of colors and shades are possible ranging from white, yellow, pink to purple, lilac and all shades in between.

Of all the hardy garden orchids, Bletilla can tolerate the most Summer sun, just so long as the soil remains moist.  As Winter arrives make sure that it’s not too wet especially because their roots can easily freeze.   Please note: unfortunately at the moment it’s not yet possible to deliver plants individually by color.

For more information see: Orchid Care, Publications and Quality.


Growth habitThe foliage appears in the Spring and dies back in the Autumn
FloweringMay – September
Flowering colorsWhite, yellow, pink to purple, lilac and all shades in between
Height20 – 25 cm with flowers, 40 – 45 cm with leaves
TemperatureBetween -10 / +30 degs Celsius
PitchIn the shade or partial shade, preferably in a sheltered plate, avoid full sun
ApplicationIn the garden or in a spacious pot. Very nice to first bloom indoors and then put it back in the garden
Soil typeWell-drained humus-rich soil, neutral to acid
WaterWater regularly between April and September
FertilizationThe same as the other perennials, preferably organic
AdditionalDo not remove the old leaves until spring


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