Acidanthera bicolor - Peacock Orchid

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Acidanthera bicolor - Peacock Orchid

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Peacock orchid is related to the gladiolus, not orchids. The plant requires a longer growing season than gladiolus. Planting in large groups is most effective and flowers are good for cutting. A sunny growing area with light well- drained soil is best. Water generously except when plants flower or after blooming. The plants grow 18 to 30 inches tall and bloom in late summer and early fall.

Plant corms three inches deep and six inches apart in the spring. Dig and clean the corms in the fall after the foliage matures. Store the corms in dry sand at temperatures above 60 degrees.

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