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Working in the yard today and noticed the first Chinese ground orchid flowers starting to bloom! Really cool miniature orchid blooms

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Manalto

What a treat - nice clear color!

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Silas_Sancona

If you like the idea of mixing in terrestrial-growing Orchids in the planting areas around your yard, might seek out some of the Sobralias. Think @Tracy is growing some. Several sp./ cultivars are grown by various Orchid specialty growers out there as well.. Don't think you should have issues w/ cold exposure w/ the more easy to obtain sp. where you are. Some of the hybrid Spathoglottis or Phaius might do good there in Huntington Beach also. Winter cool/wet might be the biggest challenge to growing those there though.

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1 hour ago, Silas_Sancona said:

If you like the idea of mixing in terrestrial-growing Orchids in the planting areas around your yard, might seek out some of the Sobralias. Think @Tracy is growing some.

 

On 3/24/2020 at 4:49 PM, -2 brian said:

Really cool miniature orchid blooms

Very nice, I've added Bletilla striata to my wish list.  Sobralias would do great in HB.  I've kept mine in pots up until now, but will be trying one that split it's pot in the ground when I get around to planting it this spring.  The biggest challenge with putting orchids in the ground versus in pots or mounted on sticks or other plants for me is my dog.  Not that she digs, but she will power over anything if in pursuit of a toy.  It remains easier keeping things up or in pots.  It's a bummer when you have an annual blooming orchid that loses it's inflorescence before blooming due to anything avoidable.

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3 hours ago, Silas_Sancona said:

If you like the idea of mixing in terrestrial-growing Orchids in the planting areas around your yard, might seek out some of the Sobralias. Think @Tracy is growing some. Several sp./ cultivars are grown by various Orchid specialty growers out there as well.. Don't think you should have issues w/ cold exposure w/ the more easy to obtain sp. where you are. Some of the hybrid Spathoglottis or Phaius might do good there in Huntington Beach also. Winter cool/wet might be the biggest challenge to growing those there though.

 

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Very nice, I've added Bletilla striata to my wish list.  Sobralias would do great in HB.  I've kept mine in pots up until now, but will be trying one that split it's pot in the ground when I get around to planting it this spring.  The biggest challenge with putting orchids in the ground versus in pots or mounted on sticks or other plants for me is my dog.  Not that she digs, but she will power over anything if in pursuit of a toy.  It remains easier keeping things up or in pots.  It's a bummer when you have an annual blooming orchid that loses it's inflorescence before blooming due to anything avoidable.

I do have a Sobralias Mirabilis overgrown and coming out of a 5 gal nursery pot. It would benefit from being planted as well, the problem for me is finding a spot to be able to plant it. The nice thing in the pot is being able to set it somewhere to givee it the right exposure. Here is a pic of the flower from a year or so ago.

 

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Most of the orchids and even several of the bromeliads that I have in various places around the yard are actually ones that were bought for in house and when they finish flowering I just put them here and there around he yard and see what will take. Surprisingly I get a lot to rebloom. 

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1 hour ago, -2 brian said:

I do have a Sobralias Mirabilis overgrown and coming out of a 5 gal nursery pot.

Sobralia mirabilis looks a lot like Sobralia sanderae.  S sanderae opens with a yellowy tint which fades to a blush white with the deep yellow throat and the pink ruffled lips.  It is extremely prolific as well, but like all Sobralias the flowers are short lived for an orchid.  S macanthra is another one that does well here with a couple of varieties (pictured one is a deeper pink variation.

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