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A unique species, with a deciduous subterrainian tuber that produces the flower before the leaf. Very amenable to cultivation provided the tubers are rested dry afer the leaves fade away. Before spring, a repot into fresh gravelly soil and leafmould will promote healthy growth and flowers.
A little animal manure sprinkled on top of the fresh media may be of great benefit, and heavy watering until the leaves reach their maximum size is essential. Nervilia discolor will attain a leaf size to 15 to 20 cms diameter.
Once the leaves have matured, less water is required until the leaf fades and water is withheld. During dormancy, the media should be dampened occasionally to prevent complete drying of the tubers.
Nervilia care and culture