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Poor mans orchid in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Schizanthus pinnatus

 

Poor man's orchid

Schizanthus are annual or biennial herbaceous plants, with attractive flowers. Schizanthus pinnatus is an annual plant of 20 to 50 cm in height. If you love the look of orchids but don’t want to worry about fussy plants, poor man’s orchid plants may be the ideal solution to your gardening dilemma.

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plant Features
  • Poor mans orchid likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Poor mans orchid likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Poor mans orchid is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Poor mans orchid likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Poor man's orchid

Latin name

Schizanthus pinnatus

type

Half hardy annual

family

Solanaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Poor mans orchid likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Poor mans orchid is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Poor mans orchid likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Poor mans orchid likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Poor mans orchid is 0.20meters x 0.50meters 0.20 M 0.50 M

Schizanthus pinnatus

Schizanthus are annual or biennial herbaceous plants, with attractive flowers. Schizanthus pinnatus is an annual plant of 20 to 50 cm in height. If you love the look of orchids but don’t want to worry about fussy plants, poor man’s orchid plants may be the ideal solution to your gardening dilemma.


Propagation by seed

From Late Winter TO Early Spring

Sow indoors, from late winter to early spring. A warm kitchen windowsill is all you need for starting these seeds. Sow, 0.5cm (¼") deep, in trays of compost. Water well and place in a warm position. A temperature of 15-20°C (60-68°F) is ideal. Keep moist. Seedlings usually appear in 14-28 days.

 

Planting

From Late Spring TO Late Spring

Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions before planting out into well-drained soil, in late spring, 20cm apart, when frosts are over. If growing as indoor plants, pot on seedlings individually, first to 12cm pots and then to 15cm pots. Keep in a light, airy location and feed occasionally when in bloom. Flowers: early to late summer.

 
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