Love The Bright and Beautiful Peacock Orchids? Learn how easy
and how great they are for growing orchids for beginners all with just one little perennial bulb.
Here are orchid care instructions and learn how growing peacock orchids can be so easy when it comes to raising orchids which is what I love, beautiful and easy.
What I love about this orchid is that they are bright and simply pretty. The other great thing is the green foliage that grows with it is beautiful and adds fullness and is great as back border to any tropical garden.
They originated in the mountains of east Africa, and are probably why they need very warm winters in order to survive. They do best grown in gardens within zones 7a to zone 11.
Colors range from white to a very rich, dark maroon red, but white is most commonly grown.
All these beautiful orchid types can grow to be several feet tall with clusters of wonderful blooms and will over time spread out and could over come other plants. so make sure to trim them to control their growth.
We had these in our back yard as a kid and from what I can remember my mother did nothing to them, yet each year it came back fuller and fuller and with more and more flowers. A lot of it probably has to do with where we lived in Southern California and the conditions.
Caring for these lovely orchids are so easy and the reward is a magnificent looking flower to beautify your garden, just make sure to always plant them in clusters of 5-7 for best show, you’ll be glad you did.
In the spring, Corms should be planted three inches deep and six inches apart and soaking them with water.
They also require and love to be grow in full sunlight, for at least six hours a day, although they may tolerate some afternoon shade, just make sure they’re not in shade 100% of the time.
This plant requires a long growing season (up to 20 weeks) and should be started indoors 1 month before the last frost in northern zones and in warmer southern zones there is no need to plant them in doors.
Soil should be mildly acidic with a pH of 6.1 to neutral 7.0 and you should amend the soil with peat moss which provides excellent drainage as well as the slightly acidic soil conditions is what the plant prefers.
Make sure to water regularly while these Peacock Orchids are in bloom and when the frost comes make sure to either dig up a pot them and bring them indoors or cover plants with mulch if frost arrives during flowering, Keep soil slightly moist at all times.
In the fall, bulbs can be left in the ground to spread or lifted, cleaned and stored in sand at 60º F for winter (zones 6 and north should always lift bulbs).
Corms need to be dried quickly to avoid soft rot. The small clusters of bulbs that form around the main corm can also be separated and replanted in the next season; it’s the plant that keeps on giving.
Here is something I didn’t know until recently....This Orchid is related to the gladiolus, not orchids.