Orchid

All about Garden Orchids

Orchids have a reputation of being a difficult plant to raise successfully, especially when it comes to overwintering them. It’s such a shame to lose a batch of garden orchids that you’ve painstakingly planted and cared for over a summer, but with Cypripedium Calceolus, you won’t have to worry about that any longer. Please visit http://phytesia-orchids.com/ for one of the world’s leading suppliers of Orchids and Accessories.

The ever-lovely Lady’s Slipper Orchid is a hardy variety that’s native to areas that are much colder than most orchids can handle. They’re known to bloom in North America, Asia, and Europe – with some even growing in the frozen tundra of Alaska. This beautiful family of Orchids has been in use for various purposes – including medicine – as far back as 2,500 years ago. Some species’ roots are used as a sedative, and other species’ stems are used in soups and other cuisine. With many species nearing extinction, conservation efforts have been underway for some time in the hopes of returning the afflicted species to their native habitats.

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Care and Planting of Lady’s Slippers

One of the biggest benefits of bringing hardy lady’s slippers into your garden is that they don’t really need any preparation for winter. They’re able to survive the snow and cold to greet you when everything melts, so if you aren’t able to cover them in the winter, you’re not going to ruin them. You’re not missing out on any colour combinations, either: cypripedium calceolus comes in 47 beautiful varieties, which means there’s something for every taste. Cypripedium are happiest in soil that drains well and has very little organic matter. It’s recommended that the soil is aired, with at least 50% being a mineral substrate that will promote drainage. Lava stone is best, though yourgarden orchids will still thrive if you’re using sand, pouzzolane, or Argex. A mineral substrate is necessary to prevent the rhizomes of the Cypripedium from drying out – that’s the part that enables the orchid to come back in the winter – by retaining moisture during summer months. In the winter, they’ll help with drainage when moisture retention isn’t such a big deal. Place Cypripedium in a shaded or partially shaded area, avoiding direct sunlight, for best results.

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Start looking for shoots in April once the snow has melted. The blooming season for many of these orchids extends from April to June, with the foliage disappearing at the end of summer as the plants prepare for winter rest. You will have some years where the orchids will decide not to flower at all – don’t panic! They’ll be back again next year. Once your orchids are established, they’ll gradually start to multiply as new shoots come up every year.

Buying Lady’s Slippers

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Where can you get these hardy Lady’s Slippers?

If you’re looking to buy garden orchids in the UK, check out phytesia-orchids.com for their affordable selection. Plants are shipped in one-liter containers, are flowering-size, and have one or two shoots. So, if you want the beauty of orchids without having to worry about losing them every winter, get your hands on some Lady’s Slippers! If you’re looking for a world class supplier of Orchids then look no further than Phytesia-Orchids who are one of the leaders in the industry. They have a team of specialists on hand and in their stores who can help you with all of your orchid related queries.  They also have a great Guarantee which you can find out more about here as well as their terms and conditions here. You can also buy garden orchids in UK here.

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We hope this article has helped you grow and understand your Orchid collection further and of course if you have any questions at all then don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of the team who will be more than happy to help out.  We wish you all the best and happy Orchid hunting from us here at Greener Garden Club.

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