Slightly OT Serapias
Sat, 18 Jun 2005 08:50:11 PDT
Serapias lingua is happy outdoors in the UK and soon forms a small colony.
It is a typical Mediterranean orchid, producing leaves in autumn and
remaining green until it flowers in late spring, then going dormant until it
rains again. Not an ideal formula for the Mid-west but it is probably worth
trying a few of the tubers outside.

John Grimshaw

Dr John M. Grimshaw
Garden Manager, Colesbourne Gardens

Sycamore Cottage
Nr Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL53 9NP

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "James Waddick" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2005 4:17 PM
Subject: [pbs] Slightly OT Serapias

> Dear Friends;
> I just unpotted a Serapias lingua from Fausto Cen and found
> about a dozen 'bulbs'- small sausage shaped pseudobulbs with a
> pointed end still showing a 'string' of fiber from this year's growth.
> Does anyone have experience growing this terrestrial orchid outdoors?
> It is Mediterranean and I wonder if I keep it dry will it
> grow outdoors?
> It has survived in my unheated cold frame over winter.
> Help? Jim W.
> -- 
> Dr. James W. Waddick
> 8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
> Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
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