Locate this plant in a partially shady place, where it can receive the sunrays during the coolest hours of the day. We suggest avoiding exposing orchids to direct sunlight, although they should be placed in a very bright location.For a correct development of the plant we suggest avoiding exposure to late freezings; let's grow it in a covered place, locating it outside only in late spring.
The ramifications of these plants tend to develop downwards. Pleione isn't an evergreen; during the summer it assumes a purplepinkwhite colouring; the adult species are medium in size and reach 65 cm in height. The Pleione develops like a shrub.
Orchids are plants which request periodic fertilization, using specific products for orchids, which usually aren’t too rich: it is recommendable to avoid leaving fertilizing solutions on the roots. Usually orchids should be fertilized every 20-25 days, interrupting fertilization during flowering.
We suggest watering these plants only from time to time, but we must remember to wet the soil deeply using 1-2 glasses of water every 1-2 weeks . To moisten the soil of the orchids homogenously we can water them by immersion, soaking the vases up to the edge in demineralized water, and leaving it until the top part of the substratum is moist; let's drain the excess water and then put the containers back in place.
If we notice the presence of cochineals or of other insects we can practice a treatment based on mineral oil or other insecticide, being careful to vaporize only the foliage.
These orchids need a soft and incoherent soils, which presents an optimal drainage.
Notes - Pleione
Seeing the quite contained development it’s possible to grow these plants in a container. The indications given in this article are related to a medium size plant.