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Serapias Genus

Tongue orchid

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Serapias genus (Tongue orchid). This is a deciduous terrestrial orchid which grows in soil or a leaf mould. The perennial consists of 3 outer sepals and 3 inner petals, and the lowest of which is usually enlarged. The flowers can be colourful and are very attractive.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Orchids

Other common names

Orchid

Interest and use

Grown for their beautiful and unusual flowers.

Cultivation

Except in mild areas, orchids are best grown in pots and kept in greenhouses during cold weather and winter.

Propagation

Division of tubers where possible, or orchids with pseudobulbs may have older leafless ones removed and repotted.

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