Pleione orchid

Best in show at the recent Edinbugh  rock garden club show was an impressive pan of Pleione Britannia Doreeen grown by Jane & Alan Thomson. It is an example of  good  cultivation over a long period. They bought one pseudobulb at the Strathclyde Park garden show back in 1990 and this has increased over the years to around 80 bulbs. The joint rock garden committee was meeting at the show and gave it an RHS First Class Certificate. Pleiones are not difficuct to grow provided they are kept dry over the  winter and not over watered  when they start  growing in spring. They like an open compost including  bark, perlite or similar. They are best kept under cover  at least through the winter. Many hybrids  are now available -Tongariro is one of the best and readily available. Many more photos  are on the SRGC website under Shows & Events.SRGC-1

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