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Pleione Orchids
Cultural Notes.

About Pleione Orchids


These rare and delightful little orchids are a cold climate pseudo-bulb native to the Himalayas, India, Thailand, Vietnam, China and Formosa. They are found at altitudes between 900 and 3000 meters where they are usually found growing in composted very well drained leaf litter.


In their natural environment they are well adapted to coping with severe cold, but with protection from frost. They are not an indoor plant and need to be grown outdoors in a cool shady environment such as a fernery.


The flower shoot emerges from the pseudo bulb in early spring, producing a startling orchid flower on a stems from 7 to 18cm in height. As the flower begins to die, the pleated spear -shaped foliage emerges and grows to about 25cm.


There are around 20 known wild Pleiones from which a modest group of hybrids have been bred.

Bulbs are available in winter when they are dormant and should be planted as soon as they are received. They should be grown in a high quality well drained organic potting mix .


We use a commercial potting mix designed for Pleione Orchid. The mix contains seven parts weathered pine bark containing fines up to 6mm, one part course river gravel, and one part Peat moss. And to one cubic metre of the potting mix we also add 3kgs of DOLOMITE, one kg of GYPSUM, one kg of WETTING AGENT and finally 0.4kgs of CALCIUM NITRATE plus BORON. You would need to scale down these additives to suit your volume of mix.


They prefer to have a deep root run to accommodate their root system and to prevent them drying out too fast in summer. We recommend that the pot or container should be at least 12cm deep. For drainage we use a layer of 25mm scoria. On top of the scoria a 3-4cm layer of potting mix and then a layer of pelletised organic poultry manure such as Dynamic LifterŽ that does not contain any extra additives or chemical fertilisers.


Finally fill the container almost to the top with another layer of potting mix. Then plant the bulbs on top of the mix, leaving about one third of the bulb above 'soil' level.


The bulbs will flower from mid-September to October depending on the variety, followed by the foliage.Take care not to over-water them until the leaves are established. Dead flower heads should be removed after flowering. If left on the plant they can  cause the foliage to 'burn' in the process of decomposing. Once grown keep the mix moist but not over wet.


At the height of summer we water twice daily in the morning and late afternoon until the water drains though the container. This prevents the build-up of certain elements in the mix that in some cases can cause premature die back in the foliage.


Pleione orchids are gross feeders and may be given a soluble fertilizer high in potash such as Phostrogen, about once every six weeks until the foliage dies down in late autumn. Do not apply on hot days and do not use granular fertilizer, it will also burn holes in the bulbs and foliage.


As the Pleione is a Pseudo bulb the bulbs you purchase will eventually die and new bulbs will grow and develop from the bottom of the foliage stems. Often bulbils will also grown from the top of the apex on original bulb.


When the foliage has died down, remove any bulbils first, and then bulbs may be removed from their pots and containers. Every care must be taken not to damage the new growth buds on the bulbs.


The potting mix or mulch should be carefully shaken off the roots along with the removal of last year's pseudo bulb which is now very dead. The roots should be trimmed back to within 3 cm of the base of the bulb with a pair of old scissors. Store the bulbs in a very cool pest free environment and definitely not in a heated house over winter. 


As with most things grown in the garden, there are the pests. The pests include birds (who scratch the bulbs out), rats (who love the taste of the most expensive ones), and snails and slugs. Before planting we always dip our bulbs in an environmentally friendly substance called Neem Oil which gives protection against aphid and mite.


This product is available online from Neem Oil Australia and can also be use as a spray for a whole range of insect type pests in the garden. The smell of the Neem Oil also acts as deterrent that warns off many would be insect pests.


Re-potting should be carried out in early winter before the bulbs commence their spring growth. Re-plant as per the original planting instructions. The bulbils can also be planted with the bulbs. And on the average these can take up to 4 years to grow to flowering size bulbs.

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Please note that Pleione Orchid bulbs can only be sold during their dormant period  from the beginning of June to around mid August.

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Pleione Orchid
  List for 2020

Pleione Alf Beecher:

Stunning dark purple petals the throat is yellowish with crimson-red tiger markings. Colours deepen as the flower ages.

 $20.00 each
2for $35.00

Pleione Aoraki 'Marjorie Elizabeth':

Raised by Harry Ronkin the flower opens pale mauve and gradually passes to a soft purple .   The lower lip of the labellum is spotted with orange red makings and the two lines of the callus are neatly zig-zag in formation. A small but very appealing flower.

Very few to offer
$70.00 each

Pleione Ballarat:
Deep mauve petals with  open deep pink labellum with striated blood red makings on the lip, contrasted by the creamy white callus in the throat of the flower.

$25.00 each
Few to offer

Pleione bulbocoides:
A species with mauve pink petals and labellum contrasted with cherry marking in the throat.

$10.00 each
2 for $18.00

Pleione Baritu 'Colleen Barbara':

Another first release seedling raised by Harry Ronkin. Mauve purple petals with strong  tessellate markings. The inside of the labellum is also mauve purple with distinct heavy red spotting.
Very few to offer
$50.00 each

Pleione El Pico Pheasant:
Dark almost purple petals . The labellum has deeper purple marks on the outer edge of the lip and deep cherry red markings in the throat. Few to offer.

$25.00 each

Pleione Eureka
The petals and outer labellum are mauve. The inside cheeks of the inner labellum are a soft mauve pink contrasted with very strong red blotching on the lip. This variety is also sold by some as Irazu Mallard.

$15.00 each
  2 for $28.00

Pleione formosana Alba:

Pure white flower with lemon markings in the throat of the labellum . The edge of the lip is very frilly.

$13.00 each
3 for $35.00

Pleione formosana:

Ever popular with soft mauve petals and white labellum which is softly spotted with soft ocher-red marks on the inside of the lip.                           

$5.50 each
3 for $15.00

5 for $20.00

Pleione formosana Benita Collins:

The very attractive large flower has deep mauve petals and a large open deeply frilled labellum which has a soft mauve flush around the outer lip.

$12.00 each
2 for $20.00

Pleione formosana 'Oriental Grace':
This variety is very similar to Pleione Priceii.  Has dark mauve petals a white labellum with darker ochre makings in the throat and a purple-mauve frilly lip.

$10.00 each
  3 for $25.00
Pleione formosana 'Priceii':

Ever popular with deep mauve petals and white labellum which is spotted with ochre-red marks on the inside of the lip.  The outer lip of the labellum has a soft mauve border .
$10.00 each
2 for $18.00

Pleione formosana W2:

Also know as Pleione formosana Cairngorm. The whole flower is pure white with reddish markings on the inside of the frilly labellum.
$12.50 each
2 for $22.00

Pleione Gembrook:

Mauve purple petals . The labellum has deeper purple marks on the outer edge of the lip and fine deep cherry red markings in the throat.

$20.00 each
3 for $40.00
Pleione Hekla:

The very first of our Pleiones to flower, usually early to mid August. The mauve petals and labellum  is contrasted well with dark blood red makings on the lip. Very attractive and scarce. Needs to be purchased and planted early. A real stunner.

$35.00 each
Pleione limpritchii:
A species with mauve pink petals and labellum contrasted with cherry red marking in the throat fringed with a fine hair like ruffle. The flower darkens as it matures.

$20.00 each
Limited numbers

Pleione Noojee:

Dark mauve petals with white labellum which has deep red spotting on the inside of the frilly lip.
$6.00 each
3 for $16.00
10 for $55.00

Pleione Otto Fauser:
Almost purple petals and labellum which is delightfully marked with blood red streaky dots . The lip on the labellum is deeply frilled.

$30.00 each

Pleione pleioneoides:

One of my favorites, this wild specie has mauve petals. And the petal colour extends inside the throat of the labellum which is spotted with crimson red dots.

$30.00 each
Very limited numbers.

Pleione Rakata 'Prince':

Mauve pink petals soft  tessellate markings. Deeper mauve on the inside of the throat with blood red blotches  on the lip.

$25.00 each

Pleione Rakata 'Princess':

Mauve pink petals with a soft pink Labellum. The inside of the inner labellum are a soft pinkie-pink that extends out to the very deeply frilled lip. The flower also has red spotted throat markings.
$20.00 each
2 for $35.00

Pleione Rakata 'Shot Silk':

The mauve petals tend to have an orange red blush. The lip is yellowish with orange markings in the throat.

$35.00 each

Pleione Shangtung 'Canberra'

One of the better yellow Pleiones. With soft pale yellow petals. The Labellum is a much deeper yellow contrasted with dark red markings.

Very very few to offer
$125.00 each 

Pleione Shangtung 'Natasha':

The white petals sometimes have a pinkish flush which is dependent on the amount of light when  flowering. The Labellum is also white and the lip is contrasted with deep cherry red markings
$50.00 each 
Pleione Shantung (Norm Collins):

Has white petals often with  soft mauve flush. The labellum is white with a soft yellow lip and fine red markings

$50.00 each

Pleione Shangtung 'Peter Bradbury':
This variety has soft mauve petals with a flush of cream. The throat on the labellum is a creamy -yellow with blood red markings inside the lip.


$50.00 each

Pleione 'Special Prayer For Mothers':
 This variety is Autumn flowering  and no sooner than the foliage starts to die down does the flower spike begin to swell and commence growing.  Bulbs are only available for a very short period of time between Mid to late April and early-May depending on the season.

Non flowering size small bulbs $20.00 each

Photo courtesy of Harry Ronkin
Pleione  Stromboli:
As the flower matures the colour of the petals and labellum intensifies from soft mauve to a very dark purple shade. The red makings on the lip of the labellum also  increase deeply in colour, developing an almost bronze red hue.

$20.00 each

Pleione Tolima Meryl:
Deep mauve petals and labellum contrasted with a bright yellow throat. The labellum has little or no spotting.

$15.00 each
2 for $27.50
Pleione Tongariro:
An outstanding dark purple flower on an above average upright  stem . The outer edge of the labellum has  red markings. The colour of the flower is actually much  deeper than the photo suggests.
$15.00 each
  3 for $35.00

Pleione Tongariro 'Gwendoline':

The flower opens a mauve  pink and as it matures, the colour of the petals and labellum intensify to deep purple. The red makings on the lip of the labellum also  deepen
as the flower matures.

$20.00 each
Pleione Tongariro 'Stormy':
This variety is similar to Tongariro and for several years was sold as Tongariro. An outstanding  purple flower also on an above average upright  stem . The outer edge of the labellum has  large strong red markings.

$10.00 each
3 for $55.00

Pleione Tongariro 'Thalia':

Seedling from Tongariro. Has soft mauve pink petals and labellum. The outer lip of the throat has a deep mauve flush. The inner lip is marked  yellow orange and lightly marked  with red spotting.
$10.00 each
3 for $25.00

Pleione Tongariro 'Theolia':

Seedling from Tongariro. Has mauve purple petals and labellum The inside lip of the throat is slightly darker with reddish markings. The flower also has red striping  on the inside top  of the back of the throat.

$15.00 each
3 for $35.00
Pleione Tongariro Pot Luck:
A thorough mixture of  mauve and purple Tongariro varieties. Includes some of those already listed as named varieties. A very keen eye might be able to sort out the differences.

3 for $20.00
5 for $25.00

Pleione Versailles Buckleberry:
The whole flower is a soft purple. The inner lip of the labellum has cherry red markings.  Very easy and hardy.
$6.50 each
3 for $18.00
  5 for $28.00

Pleione Vesuvius:

As the flower open the colour of the petals and labellum are a soft mauve pink. This intensifies in shade as the flower matures. The  lip of the labellum has red spotting and an orange volcanic-orange glow that also deepens with age.
Limit Two
Pleione Mixture

A mixture of many flowering size varieties grown from small bulbils that were
accidentally mixed up. There are a few treasures in this lot . Again very good value.

5 for $25.00

Pleione Orchid Collection #1

Two Pleione formosana,
Two Pleione Noojee,
Two Pleione Versailles Buckleberry,

Two Pleione
Cairngorm W2
Eight bulbs in all, valued at $57.00
For only $48.00

A saving of $9.00

Up-Market Pleione
Orchid Collection #2
Two Pleione Alf Beecher, Two Pleione Tolima Meryl,
Two Pleione bulbocoides,
Two Pleione
formosana alba
Eight bulbs in all, valued at $115.50
For only $85.50

A saving of $30.00

Special Pleione Orchid Offer
Spend over $250.00 on Pleione Orchids, excluding postage, and receive extra bulbs free to the value of 10% of your order.
This deal does not apply to Collections or other offers already discounted

Other related Orchids

Slipper Orchid
(Paphiopedilum insigne)

Hardy. Ideal in a bowl or pot & enjoys a similar environment and potting mix to that used for Pleione Orchids. Has evergreen strap-like foliage and  a single flower in spring on a 16cm stem, typical of the photo. Sold as a bare rooted plant in winter. Needs to re-establish itself after purchase before it will re-flower.

Out of Stock

Bletilla striata
Chinese Ground Orchid

A hardy ground orchid. Blooms in spring. It has several deep mauve purple flowers with mottled throats, on each 20cm stem. Takes a season to settle but very hardy.
The orchid as the common name suggests is best grown in the garden in a well-drained loose soil in an open sunny position. Plant tuber so that the tip of the growth spike is about 3cm below the surface of the ground.

$5.00 each
3 for $14.00

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