Arundina graminifolia (Dwarf)
Tropical & subtropical Asia from the Himalayas to Tahiti
Bamboo Orchid is a evergreen, terrestrial orchid with erect growth habit. It looks like a smaller version of Arundina graminifolia, but flowers are lighter in colour.
The foliage is smooth, dark green leaves are narrow and linear with parallel leaf venation and entire leaf margin (13 cm long, 0.5 cm wide). Alternate leaves are arranged in 2 rows on either side of the stem. Stem resembles that of bamboo. The base of the stem is swollen and has a bulb-like shape.
Small, white flowers, 2 - 3 cm , have a pink tubular lip (the bottom petal). The lip has a yellow throat marked with red streaks. Flowers are produced throughout the year
Arundina graminifolia will grow and flower best in full sun or very light shade. If possible, choose an east-facing window or plot to maximize exposure to morning sun and minimize intense afternoon sun that may cause heat stress. It should be planted in fertile, well-draining soil that is rich in compost. Thoroughly water potted plants until excess flows out once a day for plastic pots, twice a day for clay pots. In the absence of rain, plants grown outdoors should be watered in the morning and evening daily.
Use fertile loamy Soils & well-drained Soil.
This cultivar is ideal for container plantings and will grow well on a sunny patio. It can also be planted as a border along pathways.
Plants with thin leaves need daily watering and ones with thick leaves need watering 3-4 times a week. This will also depend on the season. Generally during the blooming period, plants love a lot of water. Try keeping the soil moist. During winters it is better to cut back on watering.
Keep the plants in a well drained soil with a drainage hole at the bottom. This will help to avoid over watering. Take care as to not leave stagnant water on top of the soil. Fertilise the plant once in 2-3 weeks during its blooming period. Do not fertilise it in winters.
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