WSBEorchids

365 days of orchids – day 289 – Pleione maculata

We have seen this Autumn flowering pleione species growing around Gangtok in Sikkim at 1500m which makes it much warmer growing than many of the Chinese spring flowering species. It has a wide range across the Himalayas, Southern China and South East Asia where it is found as an epiphyte in mossy monsoon forests from 600-2000m.

In cultivation we find it does best amoungst the cloud forest species in Cool Americas with a minimum temperature of 12C but a winter rest with much less water which we provide by moving it onto a shelf near the door.

The plant grows sends up new growths every spring and drops its leaves before flowering from October to December.

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