The native Early Purple orchid which is a summer dormant species, growing a rosette through the winter and flowering in the early spring. It does best in slightly damp soil both in sun and shade. It is tolerant of a range of pH from slightly acid to alkaline. Ideal for a grassland situation, woodland or a rockery in a garden. It does better in an outdoor situation rather than a pot (see below). When planting out a dormant tuber ensure the bud is about 3 cm below the surface. Only make a hole large enough for the tuber to drop into (use a dibber). This species is tolerant of most garden situations but prefers soil that is slightly damp during the growing season. Do not feed or water. The spike usually appears late September and the leaves fully open late February; with flowering late April into May. The plant will then go dormant for the summer.
If grown in pots it is very important to ensure regular light watering in the autumn and do not let the tuber dry out in mid winter. Also, avoid large temperature variations in mid winter.Warm winter weather and too much moisture in the pot or atmosphere will lead to winter neck rot.
Tubers are sent out potted when dormant. Please email me if any problems with the plants within 14 days of receipt. With this species usually from AUGUST to DECEMBER but the amount of growth may reduce that time.