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Old 11-04-2006, 12:11 AM
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Here's a tiny pleione, one of the most cold hardy of the genus.

They're all asleep now, but the picture says it all, huge flowers, and no leaves.
Fragrant too, jasmineish, and long blossoming. Several managed two flowers per bulb.
Their life cycle is wacky, each bulb produces an inflorescence once and then perishes. They're grown more like a daffodil or tulip than a typical orchid. Pleiones mostly reproduce vegetatively, each flowering bulb grows a new bulb before it dies. Each year they also produce little bonus bulbils that take a couple years to grow on to flowering size. They are not an annual, that implies progressing from seed to adult with flower and seed production in one year.
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Old 11-04-2006, 07:31 AM
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Nice pleione. I've always wanted to try one of these orchid annuals..lol
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Old 11-04-2006, 10:32 AM
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Funny, I had a thought just the other day I would watch for the bulbs in the store and try to grow this indoors in a pot. Outdoors in my area it requires digging up as it will freeze.
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Nice! Is this one of the edible orchids??
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Old 11-05-2006, 11:29 AM
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Very nice colour. How long is it blooming?
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Old 11-05-2006, 07:29 PM
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I've read that it's edible, but can't image ever eating it. Calypso bulbosa is edible too, but it would be blasphemical to actually consume such a living gem in anything other than a life or death scenario.

It bloomed about 3 1/2 weeks long, in April/May.
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Old 11-05-2006, 07:54 PM
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Very nice, heard about the annual chids, but never researched it, got me ck'g it out...tks
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Old 11-05-2006, 08:01 PM
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Pleiones are great fun, and they multiply fast. If you can provide the cooler conditions, P.limprichtii is my favorite for it's small size and deeper colors. But P.formosana is more tolerant of intermediate conditions, and only a little bigger and paler. There a lots of hybrids out there too. Here's a great web resource on there fellows: http://www.pleione.info/
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Thanks, I have definitely been thinking about trying this species. Actually I tried it a couple years ago but planted it too deeply and it never emerged. Will do better this time.
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You're welcome Ross, hope you enjoy these miniatures as much as I do. The bulbs go in with about 1/3 exposed.
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