Brian Whyer brian.whyer@btinternet.com
Wed, 13 Jul 2005 15:24:00 PDT
Getting back to "bulbs", well bulbous anyway. Does anyone have
experience with the orchid Ponerorchis. I am growing them for the first
time and could not be more pleased, so far. 5 tubers at £3 each and all
are in flower a few months later, all more or less different in colour
and form, with ~5 to 15 flowers on each. They are very heat and light
tolerant in my frost free greenhouse, often taking almost full afternoon
sunshine and temperatures of 100F or more during recent very sunny
weather, without any apparent ill effect. Are they going to let me down
with a bump in a few weeks and die due to plant abuse? How long do I
grow them on after flowering? A gardenweb enquiry has recommended
bagging the tubers in polythene and refrigerating in winter. I prefer to
leave in the pot if possible, especially as UK fridges are miniscule by
American standards, and don't have spare plant space, although the
tubers are very small. Any American or European growers have them in the

Brian Whyer, Buckinghamshire, England, zone ~8

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