Bletilla striata 'Blue Dragon'Hyacinth Orchid

Half-hardy Tuber

What is Half-Hardy Tuber?
Plant that grows from an underground storage organ. Generally supplied in a
dormant condition with no top growth. Can be grown outdoors
but requires winter protection from frosts and temperatures below 0C.

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Exotic blue flowers in late spring

Forms a spreading clump over time

Ideal for woodland gardens and rockeries

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Height Up to 30cm (12in)
Spread Up to 45cm (18in)

Half-hardy Tuber

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Description
A recent selection of hardy, deciduous, Hyacinth Orchid that’s easier to grow than you might think! Bletilla striata 'Blue Dragon' thrives in cool, hummus-rich soils in the dappled shade of deciduous trees, making it perfect for a woodland garden or shaded rockery. Bletilla striata 'Blue Dragon’ produces exotic, mauve-blue flowers above clumps of linear, corrugated leaves in late spring and summer. With a little winter protection this showy terrestrial Orchid will slowly increase to form an attractive spreading clump. Height: 30cm (12"). Spread: 45cm (18").

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3 tubers (KB0273)

1 tuber (KA9716)

How to Grow
Grow Bletilla in humus-rich, fertile soil in dappled shade. Although hardy, it will be most successful in a sheltered site, avoiding frost pockets and strong sunlight. Tubers require shallow planting of just 2cm below soil level. In particularly cold areas, grow it in a container which can be moved to a cool, frost free position over winter.

These plants are lifted from the nursery field when dormant, and sent to you in late autumn or spring for planting. They often look dead on arrival, but they are just resting in the dormant period and will establish quickly for a strong start in the garden come spring. Set out in prepared soil in holes wide enough and deep enough to lay out the roots. Tread down the planting soil to knock out air pockets. Water well to settle. Apply a mulch to protect roots from cold temperatures. If conditions prevent immediate planting, set roughly into loose soil or a pot of compost (‘heeling in’) to protect the roots. The growth points of most bare root perennials should be set about an inch below the soil surface. New growth will appear in spring.

More Info
Feed and water regularly when plants are in active growth. In autumn, apply a dry mulch of leaf mould, bark chips or straw to protect the tubers from cold winter weather. Move containers of Hyacinth Orchids to a cold conservatory or unheated greenhouse, keeping the compost barely while plants remain dormant.
Caution

Caution: harmful if eaten

Delivery

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £6.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £7.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

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For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

Thompson & Morgan strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3

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