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Hedonisia Hawaii Botanical Plant Inventory


Name: Bamboo Orchids & other Orchids

Type of Plant: Beautiful/Useful!

1) Plant History & General Information:

a) Scientific & Other Names: / (The Bamboo Orchid is named for its fast-growing, slender, bamboo-like leaves.)

b) Region of Origin: Southern/Southeastern Asia

c) General History: The Bamboo Orchid (Arundina graminifolia) is a species of Orchid native to southern and southeastern Asia. It has been introduced to Hawaii, where it grows in the rich soil of volcanic mountain slopes.

2) Plant Uses:

a) As Food: /

b) As Medicine: /

c) Other Uses: /  (Note that Bamboo Orchid flowers are not well suited to use in cut-flower arrangements, as they tend to wilt very quickly.)

3) Growing Instructions

a) Growing: When planting a Bamboo Orchid outdoors, select a site that receives full sun for best flowering results.

b) Best time to Harvest:  Bamboo Orchids generally bloom through summer and autumn, though they can bloom throughout the year if the climate is right and the growing site is sunny. The plant’s delicate, fragrant flowers emerge on the tips of the long stems, with several shades in each flower, from white to pink and purple. 

c) Sunlight Requirements: Full Shade, Partial Shade, Full Sunlight

d) Soil Requirements: The Bamboo Orchid likes a perpetually moist soil, though it must be free of standing water.

e) Propagation: Cutting, Division, Grafting, Seed, Separating

  • These are easiest propagated from  a rooted orchid plant but can be grown from seed as well
  • Dig hole large enough to contain the roots
  • gently paper bag (mulch) around cuttings and place new soil on top and weigh down with rock or guava branches.
  • Water thoroughly

f) Controlling Spread: /

g) Difficulties with this plant: /

h) History of this Plant at Hedonisia: /

i) Location on Property: /