Commonly called Donkey Orchids, Diuris also have other common names depending a little on the species. So Diuris micrantha is sometimes called the ‘Bee Orchid’, and ‘Double Tail’ is another common name.
This a wide spread genus with species found in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and many in Western Australia. Tasmania and Queensland have a number of species, the Northern Territory missing out.
Some species such as Diuris Amplissima are rare in the wild although easy to find in cultivation.
How to grow Diuris Orchids
Coming from such a wide range of climate zones, care does differ from species to species. These are a terrestrial orchid and will grow well in containers. General growing notes follow.
- Diuris prefer a shaded position, 50% shade cloth is a starting point, although some species require more shade than this.
- A free draining soil is essential for all species. They come from areas of winter rain, usually in rocky soil that drains well.
- Tubers are planted at around 3- 4 cm deep.
- New growth appear in autumn, and this is the time to start watering.
- A wet/dry cycle is recommended, allowing the soil to almost dry out between waterings.
- Fertiliser is not generally recommended.
- After flowering and the foliage has died back, stop watering.
- Through summer, just a little water every few weeks so the tubers do not dry out.
- Keep the pots in a sheltered shaded position.
This is just one of many Australian Terrestrial Orchids worthy of a place in the garden.
Different species will require different growing conditions and we strongly suggest that you join your local Australian Orchid Society for specific advice.
Diuris Orchid species