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Poor Man's Orchid - Schizanthus wisetonensis

The Poor Man's Orchid (Schizanthus), also called the Butterfly Flower, is an annual that will grow to a height of one to two feet in a neat rounded clump and will produce masses of orchid like flowers usually from mid summer through to early fall.

LIGHT:  Schizanthus prefers full sunlight but will grow and bloom in diffused light in a south facing window

TEMPERATURE:  Prefers cooler, moist conditions.  Avoid extremes of heat or cold.

 WATER:  Water regularly.  Prefers moist soil through out the season, don't let it dry out.  Feed it every two weeks with a standard 20-20-20 water soluble Plant food.

While the seeds are slow to germinate, bedding plants are usually available from your local garden center in the early spring.