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Early Purple Orchid in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Orchis mascula

 

Early Purple Orchid

Orchis mascula is a native wildflower. The purple-pink flowers of this early orchid usually appear at the same time as the bluebell. It can be found in meadows, woodland and often on roadside verges. When it first blooms, it has an attractive fragrance.

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plant Features
  • Early Purple Orchid likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Early Purple Orchid likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Early Purple Orchid is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Early Purple Orchid likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Early Purple Orchid

Latin name

Orchis mascula

type

Orchid

family

Orchidaceae

ph

5.0 - 8.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Early Purple Orchid likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Frost

    Early Purple Orchid is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Early Purple Orchid likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Early Purple Orchid likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
  •  
    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Early Purple Orchid is 0.20meters x 0.30meters 0.20 M 0.30 M

Orchis mascula

Orchis mascula is a native wildflower. The purple-pink flowers of this early orchid usually appear at the same time as the bluebell. It can be found in meadows, woodland and often on roadside verges. When it first blooms, it has an attractive fragrance.


Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

If planting in a pot, plant in 80% Seramis or fine to medium grade Perlite. 20% organic components. Favourable are finely cut, fermented or N-impregnated wood shavings or saw dust. (Toresa has given good results). No peat. Spagnum moss is not suitable. Some extra wood on top of the pot. Substrates have to be well draining with a pH of 5 to 6.

 

Planting young plants

From Early Autumn TO Late Autumn

Sometimes small plantlets (keiki) appear from the nodes on the flower stems. Detach the plantlets when they have developed several good roots and pot them up in orchid compost. Water them sparingly at first, but mist them daily. Always use a proprietary orchid compost. Ensure good light levels in winter, as these are essential to encourage flowering. An east- or west-facing window would be ideal. Move to a shadier spot in summer and protect from direct sunshine. When planting terrestrial orchids outdoors, plant in semi-shade, no direct sun at midday. A very suitable place would also be on the north side of a building. Most orchids are woodland plants and therefore prefer cool sites, which do not become too dry and hot during summer. Places where ferns thrive are also suitable for. Don’t plant your orchids close to trees or big shrubs because their roots are effective competition for water and nutrients! Autumn is the best season for planting. Spread out the roots in the upper 10 cm (4 inches) of the soil, the rhizome 2-3 cm (1 inch) below the surface, shoot buds upwards. Fill in the remaining substrate without compressing it, and water thoroughly.

 

Flowering

From Early Spring TO Late Winter

Many orchids do not have a flowering season and flowers may be produced at any time if the right conditions are being met. Terrestrial orchids grown outdoors will mostly flower in the summer months. Flowers can last for several months.

 
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