Fringed Orchid - Orange Seeds

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Ease to Grow: Challenging
Dormancy: Recommended
Native Range: Peat Bogs of Eastern North America
Zones: 4-9 (3-10)

Orange Fringed Orchid, Platanthera ciliaris, is stunning in the summer bog garden. It has a large, bright orange cylindrical cluster of 30-75+ dainty flowers with showy, fringed lips and long spurs.  It is a late summer bloomer, and flowers last for a month or more. Leaves are long and lanceolate, reducing to small bracts with the flower cluster. Flower spikes are tall and benefit from staking, and protection from the wind. Best flowering occurs with plants in full sun, shade tends to reduce flower size and abundance. It is a bog plant which grows in open, acidic bogs with sphagnum moss, but is adaptable to drier, upland conditions, as long as the soil remains damp during flowering. It does best in wet conditions, and frequently sends out a stolon budding small plants. It is an adaptable and vigorous grower. Seeds are very fine and can be a challenge to germinate. It is winter hardy, and should be protected from rodents during dormancy. Mulch with 4+" of pine needles in the Fall. Leave at least a 1" of needles after spring cleanup. The rhizomes can be stored in damp sphagnum at 35°F (2°C) in a refrigerator for 3 or 4 months. Water with rain/distilled water, they are sensitive to mineral buildup. It spreads nicely and grows well among pitcher plants. It is nearly identical to the White Fringed Orchid in all respects, except color.  It is a late summer star in the bog garden, and makes good cut flowers.

Seed Packs are fresh harvested in the Fall, and stored refrigerated. Seed count is approximate, but reliable. For bog orchids seed count is actually 100-250+ per pack, as these seeds are dust-like and too small to count.

Note: Stratification is required to prepare seeds for germination. All seeds are produced from open pollination within our collection. Some cross pollination among different cultivars may occur. Native orchid seeds require the presence of commensal fungus to properly germinate and grow. Growing carnivorous plants from seeds is best suited for the experienced and patient grower. See our webpage on Growing CPs from Seeds.

Height: 8" - 16"
Plant Type: Perennial, cold temperate
Soil: Bog Orchid Mix
Soil pH: 4.5-6
Light: Full to Partial Sun
Use: Grows best outdoors in the bog garden or pots.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
William Spiers
Platanthera ciliaris germination

Best results is to grow in vitro using 1/3 strength MS Media. Phytotech P668 at 1/2 strength for germination after bleaching the seeds for an hour in 0.5% bleach. Germinate in low light. If you can't germinate them and grow them in vitro you're going to have real problems. Intensely acid soil 8" or more deep for out planting. Wet soil, but with good drainage. Stratification is not required for germination in vitro. That's a myth. Zone 6 an above.

Joe Waters
Excited to give these a try!

After buying carnivorous and bog plants from CPN, I finally wanted to try growing my own from seed! Frankly, I was shocked by how tiny these orchid seeds were and was unsure of what I was doing. Thankfully, I had the CPN team to fall back on. They were a big help, gave me all the info I needed - most of which is on the CPN website - and encouraged me to keep going. I can't wait to show everyone my results! But even if I mess up and have to start over - seeds are challenging, right? - CPN is rooting for me and will help me get it right. Thanks, gang!

Chris B
Healthy seeds

Seeds are healthy and arrived quickly. Now all I need to do is wait for germination.

Dorothy Wilkinson
Fringed Orange Orchid Seeds

The seeds came quickly and looked in perfect shape. I'll check back in later once I get them growing. I love the variety of plants this company has to offer. Their packaging, seed quality, shipping, and customer service ROCKS. I will be back for more.

Barry Rhinehart
Calopogon and Platanthera ciliaris seed

Have only recently planted, so difficult to review at this point. But having seen the rearrangement of the planting bed by squirrels am sending for more seed to try again!!

Incidently, an earlier purchase of seed resulted in a huge number of rose Pogonia seedlings, some blooming this year!!

Thanks, Barry

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