Some months ago i planted some corms of Peacock Orchids in a big green plastic pot on the balcony these are now beginning to make progress. Until a week or so ago I hadn’t seen any sign of them & thought they had rotted away. Much to my surprise, & delight, I spied a couple of shoots several cm high. Since then I think all the corms have sprouted & are sending up their long, narrow sword-like leaves.
I grew these once before, quite a number of years ago now. I like them very much & I hope this time around I can conserve them for a number of years. They may not be as tough as Gladioli but I should be able to keep them safely through the winter. To this end when I planted them up I mixed a lot of vermiculite in with the compost to help with the drainage.
At the time of planting I also put some Freesias I had from the year before over the top of them. The Freesias did very badly last year but I found quite a few corms that were still in good form & looked as if they were of flowering size. These I put in the pot & they grew long before the Peacock Orchids. Then over the top of these I put in some Oxalis dieppe ‘Iron cross’. I only had a few of these but I like the colour of their foliage, more than the deep pink flowers which have very thin, weak stems. The leaves are divided into 4 segments & where they join in the centre there is a black blotch making an shape like an iron cross! These are flowering at the present moment, June 2017.
The Peacock Orchids still haven’t begun to flower. Though this morning I pressed a little the stems to see if they were hard & round, which would indicate that the flower stem was on its way up, & it seems the one I touched does have a flower stem in it – though I may have to wait a few more weeks before the flowers actually come out & open!
The Freesias didn’t flower at all again this year, so rather disappointing!
On the other hand the Oxalis deppei ‘Iron Cross’ have done very well & have flowered & the leaves, as always, look fantastic! These are now starting to die back & there are many dead leaves in the pot which makes it look rather untidy. When I have a moment I must remove them.
There is still no sign that these Peacock Orchids will flower this year. We are almost through the 2nd week of October & there is no sign of anything happening!
On the other hand, the Oxalis deppei are starting to shut down for their winter rest. Some of the leaves have already died off & the rest won’t be long in following suit.
All in all, I’m disappointed with this pot! First, the Freesias didn’t grow well & didn’t flower, then the Peacock Orchids haven’t flowered. The only good thing about this pot has been the Oxalis deppei!
These plants have not flowered after all during the summer/autumn which has left me disappointed! Nevertheless they will stay in the pot I put them in earlier this year & I will try to keep them from freezing. When the foliage finally dies down I will put the pot under the table in the most sheltered corner of the balcony & leave it dry. The corms should easily survive the winter there.
I’ve seen these lovely plants flowering in people’s gardens on the road to town so I know they should survive the winter.