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Pleione

This page is meant to give you information and some useful tips about the care of the Pleione. You will also find all the Pleione species we offer in our assortment.

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Derivation of the name

This gender is named after Pleione, mother of the Pleiades, a figure out of Greek mythology.

Features and origin

Pleione is a gender with around 16 nature species spread throughout the mountain ranges from the Himalaya, India, Birma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and China. They are terrestrial plants, with exception of some epiphytes and lithophytes.
These miniature orchids van handle cold temperatures and even frost well. However, some species prefer higher temperatures. They have relatively large, spongy, almost globe-shaped pseudobolbs. Every pseudobulb is only active for a year and carries one or two pleaded leafs, with a length of 15 to 30 centimetres. The leafs fall off before winter. The flower stem emerges from the pseudobulbs and carries a beautiful, big flower, the flowers of this species are pink to purple, white or yellow, while the pleaded tube-shaped lip is often white with yellow, red or purple spots and stripes.

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Care tips

Place

Pleione need a very bright space in spring. In summer, they need a halfshadow place. After they’ve lost their leaf, almost all speciescan be kept outside under a roof. Some species can stay outside during winter, only in case they are protected. This could be with for instance a bunch of leaves.

Temperature

On average, Pleione can handle a temperature of in between 0 and 5 degrees in winter, only in case they are being kept dry sufficiently. Furthermore only the Pleione limprichtii frostproof enough to survive hard winters. The Pleione formosana can survive our winters (in the Netherlands), but the bulbs should be located underneath the ground.

Humidity

We advise a humidity in between 40-65%. This varies per species within the gender.

Water

In spring, the Pleione can be kept humid cautiously. Later in spring, when the plant starts to get more roots and starts to grow a leaf, the plant needs more water again. That’s so that the bulb can suck up the water well. After they’ve lost the leaf, keep the plant cool and dry.

Fertilizer

Later in spring, fertilizer can be used on the Pleione every 7 days (once a week).
The fertilizer is important, because there won’t be enough sunlight for the Pleione . Normally, the sunlight provides the Pleione with sugars that are essential to create the growth of flower branches. Therefore it’s harder for the Pleione to start blooming without the fertilizer.

Repotting

Repot once a 2-4 years. This depends on whether or not the plant has grown out of the pot. Sometimes, when the Pleione isn’t growing well, it may also help to repot the plant in a different mix.