Cypripedium parviflorum var pubescens - Yellow Lady Slipper
This is truly one of the prettiest of the Native orchids. Reaches a height of 1-2 feet with leaves up the stalk, on top sits a beautiful yellow slipper like flower. It prefers a shady location, some morning sun is O.K. The soil must be rich and organic with a ph of 6.0 to 7.0. It prefers hardwood shade where it gets the early Spring sun before the leaves come out on the trees then dappled shade throughout the Summer. Usually blooms here about the same time our leaves are getting full size, which is usually mid May and last for about 4 weeks.
It is actually very easy to grow if given the proper conditions as described above. They are very long lived plants reaching ages of 40 or more years. If they like the area you planted them in after 2 or 3 years, depending on the weather also, you should see some new shoots coming off the main root. As the years go by they will make a large clump. I have seen clumps with 25-30 plants with blooms on them. This is quite a site. If by the 3rd or 4th year your plant is not doing much or is barley surviving it is time to move it to a better location.
The plants we are selling are about 5 years old from divisions. What this means is we have these bedded out in our beds and as they begin to spread we dig them up and carefully cut off the new bud and some roots with it. We then replant the small division and it will remain in the bed until it becomes a blooming size plant with a good root system. And then it will be ready for sale. We also replant the main plant to get some more divisions in the future. They have made great advances in propagating these in laboratory environment and soon I feel this is the method they will all be grown. We are in touch with our local college on a lab project such as this, as they have just opened a new lab. However at this time we are still growing our by the division method. The plants you will be purchasing will be well established and blooming size. Some of the lab produced plants can be quite small and delicate. Ours are grow outdoors and are ready for planting in your landscape.
In the past few years we have stepped up propagation on these as well as some other Native Orchids. However as you can tell these plants are slow to propagate so our supply is somewhat limited. If you would like to purchase some of these rare orchids we have them in bareroot form available from September thru Mid April. During the growing season we have them in containers, and these can be shipped throughout the growing season. Feel free to contact us today to order one of these rare and most beautiful native orchids. Or if you cannot plant them right at this time we will be glad to reserve you one for a future shipment. Remember supplies are limited so contact us today.
This is one of the prettiest and well-known native orchids. This is also one of the easiest orchids to grow in your garden, as opposed to the Pink Lady's Slipper, which is very difficult to grow. The Yellow Lady's Slipper prefers a rich soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.0. It will reach a height of 1-2 Ft bearing a yellow slipper like flower on top in the Spring. This would make a great addition to your woodland garden.
Shade, Rich Soil, 1-2 ft tall, Zones 4-8
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2 AND 3 BUD BAREROOT CLUMPS
Many of you have called looking for larger clumps of Yellow Lady's Slippers. As we harvest our beds this time of year we grade our crop. We pick a number that we will sell as bareroot and then some to pot up for next springs potted crop. We also divide the ones we can so we will have a future crop. We sometimes have some of these large clumps that we offer for sell. We sell these large clumps according to the number of buds, which means tops for next year. See the chart below for pricing information. We only have a few of these so order now, fall is a excellent time to plant these. These are first come first serve. Please note when you add these to your shopping cart it will increase the shipping charges greatly since the shipping is based on the dollar amount of your order. We will reduce the shipping cost to the correct cost when we process your order. If you have any questions contact us email@example.com
One of the rare
native orchids, seldom seen in the wild. Very similar to the Large Yellow Lady
Slipper, except the blooms are smaller around 1" long, it is about the same
color of yellow as the large variety or maybe just a little darker. They do best
in rich slightly moist soil in a shady location. It blooms in the Spring and
reaches a height of 1 to 2 feet tall. The plant you purchase will have 1 bud
which means the first couple of years it will send up 1 stalk. After 3 or so
years if you have these in a good location it began to start forming a large
clump with several blooms, what a show. Another must for the garden.
Rich Soil, Spring, 1-2" Tall, Spread 12-18", Zones 3-8
WE ARE CURRENTLY OUT OF THESE, OUR NEXT CROP WILL NOT BE READY UNTIL SPRING 2014
Other Native Orchids We Grow
We do grow a few other orchids, find our complete listing below. As with most native orchids these are slow to propagate and are in limited supply. If you give them the proper conditions they will thrive in your gardens for years to come. These are truly a great addition to your current landscaping and well worth trying them in your garden.
Our Orchid supply is very limited due to increased demand and limited supply. We only have a limited number of plants to propagate from and propagation is slow.
A very unusual plant in that the solitary leaf appears in fall and lasts throughout the winter. Leaf is dark green with maroon on the backside. In the spring the leaf dies back and the yellowish to green flowers appear on a 6-12” stalk. Prefers a shady place with rich soil.
A small plant reaching a height of 6-12 in.. Has glossy green basal leaves. Flowers are a short raceme, violet purple with white lips, blooming in the spring. Prefers shade and rich soil with a pH of 4.5 to 5.5, moist but well drained. Of the native orchids this is one of the easier ones to grow if you have the right conditions.
Shade, Moist Rich Soil, 4-10 in Tall, Zones 4-7
These are most notable for their evergreen basal leaves, which are streaked with white veins. Blooms in the spring with a white spike flower about 6-12 in. tall. Needs to be in full shade with rich soil, which is moist but well drained. Works well in north facing gardens where the soil stays cool.
Shade, Rich Moist Soil, 6-12 in Tall, Zones
Called the yellow-fringed orchid
although the flowers are orange with fringed tips. Blooms late summer to fall
reaching a height of 12-18 in.. Will grow in varied conditions, rich or clay
soil, wet or dry soil. Its main requirement is a very acid soil with a pH of 4.0
Sun to Shade, Acid Soil, 12-18 in Tall, Zones 5-9
These have a spike of slightly fragrant white flowers appearing in the fall on a 12-18 in. stalk. The leaves are narrow and mainly around the base. The soil should be wet to slightly moist and acid.
Sun - Semi, Moist Soil, 12-18 in Tall, Zones 4-8
Tipularia discolor - Crane-fly Orchid
Shade Semi Shade, Rich Soil, Summer Fall, 15-20 in Tall, Zones 6-9
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