Hong Kong Orchid Tree Seedlings
I collected some Hong Kong Orchid Tree seeds from the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens at the end of July. Boy did they sprout easily! Now I'm wondering what is the best thing to do with these seedlings? I have seven - a couple more seeds sprouted since the photo was taken.
The trees are plentiful at the Zoo. There must be 20+ specimens around the park. Maybe even 30-40. They seem to all be understory/canopy trees in protected areas. I know that the Hong Kong Orchid is not normally hardy this far north. The Zoo is a good 15 miles north and inland of me and it is full of mature trees - BUT, it is right on the Saint Johns River. The river does a lot to protect against frost and freeze in the winter. Do you think any would survive under a tall live oak between the oak and the house? Or just keep them all in pots? Also, are they fussy about transplanting? How long do I wait? Also, at what point do I move them into full sun? Right now they get half-day afternoon sun on my west-facing porch.
Thanks in advance for your experience, tips and help!
Carol in Jacksonville