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Posted 01 May 2011 - 17:32 PM

my Cypripedium calceolus are flowering en masse, about 3 weeks earlier than normal. Completely unaffected by the cold winter, whereas I lost the majority of my potted Dactylorhizas.

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 17:40 PM

Lovely, Stephen!

I wish I could grow this species! :cray:


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Posted 01 May 2011 - 17:43 PM

Myself I prefer to see them in the wild:) Very nice and healthy-looking plants though!

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 22:06 PM

Beautiful Orchids!!!

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 22:39 PM

Looking very healthy, where can I get myself some of these would love some in the garden?

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 00:22 AM

Looking very healthy, where can I get myself some of these would love some in the garden?


I don't know if this will help Matty, but this site(From USA) sells internationally

http://vtladyslipper.com/index.html


And this site is from your neck of the woods(in England Mr Jeff Hutchings JcrHutch@aol.com )

http://www.lidaforsg...ids/engelsk.htm

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 08:16 AM

Looking very healthy, where can I get myself some of these would love some in the garden?



for the garden you are better off with hybrids which are much easier to grow, unlike the species! They are widely available on the web.

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 09:06 AM

I don't know if this will help Matty, but this site(From USA) sells internationally

http://vtladyslipper.com/index.html


And this site is from your neck of the woods(in England Mr Jeff Hutchings JcrHutch@aol.com )

http://www.lidaforsg...ids/engelsk.htm


Cheers Dex I will take a look.

I really want some orchids in the garden and have tried with seed but no success so far, sowed 5000 of these http://cgi.ebay.co.u...=item335ecc102d in the garden last year but no results as yet.

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 09:08 AM

for the garden you are better off with hybrids which are much easier to grow, unlike the species! They are widely available on the web.



Hybribs would be fine, is there any places you know I can seed? or is seed a waste of time? I no very little about orchids.

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 12:53 PM

Cheers Dex I will take a look.

I really want some orchids in the garden and have tried with seed but no success so far, sowed 5000 of these http://cgi.ebay.co.u...=item335ecc102d in the garden last year but no results as yet.



orchids are difficult from seed as they have symbiotic relationships with fungi which they need to supply water and nutrients for the first few years. that said, common spotted as above seed all over my pots in my garden, I think they like the peat-free bark-based compost I use; they do well in pots but never come up in the garden as we are heavy clay. try sowing some onto pots of compost, then wait 2 or 3 years before you see them above ground. heath spotted will seed all over peat-based composts too.

cypripediums impossible from seed unless you have a tissue culture lab, even then the culture medium and even the age of the seed is critical, ripe seed will not germinate in vitro...