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Phaius tankervilliae 'Nun's Orchid'
Phaius tankervilliae 'Nun's Orchid'
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3" Pot- Ships in 3" nursery pot 6-8 inches in height.

10" Pot-Ship in 10 inch nursery pot, 24 inches in height.

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3" Pot- Ships in 3" nursery pot 6-8 inches in height.

10" Pot-Ship in 10 inch nursery pot, 24 inches in height.

Phaius tankervilliae 'Nun's Orchid' - A terrestrial orchid called 'Nun's Orchid'. A vigorous plant with thin, pleated leaves produces erect flower spikes to 4 feet high with numerous flowers to 4 inches across. The flowers last 4 to 6 weeks. The flowers have yellow-brown petals with a white back, rose lip with a dark throat. Easy to grow.Nun's Orchid requires winter protection near a bright window with evenly moist soil. Bloom is during late winter when large specimens will send up three-foot stalks of white and reddish brown flowers. When danger of frost has passed, move the plant outdoors to a spot that gets filtered sun. The plant's common name refers to its hooded flowers that resemble a nun's veil.

Name Phaius tankervilliae 'Nun's Orchid'
Common Names Nun's Orchid, Nun's Cap Orchid, Chinese Ground Orchid, Red Crane Orchid
Grow Zone 9
Light Conditions Full Sun,Partial Sun/Shade
Water Requirements Average, do not overwater
PH Level 6.1-7.5
Minimum Height 2 feet
Maximum Height 3 feet
Growth Habit Moderate
Bloom Period Late Spring-Early Summer
Bloom Color Bright Yellow,Maroon
Fragrant No
Best Grown In Containers, Patios
Scientific Name Phaius tankervilliae
Class Liliopsida
Family Orchidaceae
Genus Phaius
Species tankervilliae
Cultivar Nun's Orchid
Salt Tolerance Moderate
Grow Zone 9
Grow Zones
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by G lambert
on 5/1/2012
Phaius tankervilliae
These easy to grow orchids require sub tropical to tropical conditions, upper zone 10 liking a dry and wet season, lots of water in the flowering growing season but never stagnant. High humidity all year is best.

They often grow in fully exposed grassland in spring fed pockets of peaty bog like conditions on lower hill-slopes in many parts of SAsia.

They are best grown en masse (muted colors) in high humidity, full sun to only slightly shaded beds of good light airy humus rich soil and fine deep mulch. Fertilise with bone meal and other organic slow release products.

If planted in too much shade they have fewer flower spikes that elongate and fall over, the neat pleated attractive leaves become floppy, very untidy to the point of distraction and removal.

Very easily divided by hand and planted singly in full sun. New leaves will be smaller and tighter at first.

There are now far nicer hybrid garden worthy plants in clear and brighter colours that include yellow, orange and red.
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