By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
The elegant peacock orchid features showy summer blooms with nodding, white flowers, and a maroon center. Growing peacock orchids is easy, and the information in this article can help.
Peacock orchid doesn’t tolerate freezing weather, and NC State Extension suggests waiting until the soil warms in springtime to plant the Acidanthera bulbs or corms. If you desire to get a jump on the season, start the corms in containers and transfer the transplants into the garden after your last spring frost and once the weather and soil warms. Although Acidanthera tolerates a variety of well-drained soils, planting in an organically rich, humusy soil with good drainage promotes the best growth. When grown in containers, make sure the pot has bottom drainage, and use a well-drained, fertile potting mix rich in humus.
For healthy growth, grow peacock orchids in a site receiving six hours of full sun daily and protected from windy conditions, which can damage the foliage and flowers. Additionally, after planting and throughout the growing season, especially when outdoor conditions are hot and dry, make sure to keep the planting site’s soil consistently moist. Soil allowed to completely dry out can negatively affect the plant’s growth. Depending on the weather, you may have to water plants in the garden daily. If you’re growing your peacock orchid in a pot, water when the top inch of soil becomes dry.