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Cypripedium Genus

Lady's slipper orchid

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH7.0 to 5.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Cypripedium genus (Lady's slipper orchid). These are deciduous terrestrial perennials. The leaves are broad, thin and pleated, and they emerge from the rhizomes in the spring. The flowers are borne in the summer on upright stems, either singly or several on the one stem.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Orchids

Origin

S.Asia & Mexico

Interest and use

Grown for their beautiful and unusual flowers.

Cultivation

Except in mild areas, orchids are best grown in pots and kept in greenhouses during cold weather and winter.

Propagation

Propagate by division of tubers where possible, or orchids with pseudobulbs may have older leafless ones removed and repotted.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to grey mould and slugs.

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