Ponerorchis are best grown in the alpine house or in a similar environment. Create a compost as shown below and keep soils moist but not to wet. Prefer to be in the shade and will produce flowers that are quite exquisite. The flowers of this variety can vary in colour from purple to red and will appear in April to May. Remember to feed them during the growing stage to ensure their continued growth year on year.
Flowering height 6″ (15cms)
Soil type: Mixture of loam, leaf mould, sand and chopped sphagnum.
Aspect: Shady areas.