Bernd Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid
Item #: 4906
Zones: 5b to 7b, guessing
Dormancy: Winter, Fall
Height: 12" tall
Feel the Bernd....but please understand that ladyslipper orchids are not one of those items destined to become free! Cypripedium 'Bernd' is a 2001 Werner Frosch hybrid between the Asian Cypripedium macranthos and the rare Taiwanese Cypripedium segawae. The 1' tall clumps are topped with lovely raspberry pouch and sepals, with darker vein and a white ring near the pouch opening. It remains to be seen how much summer heat these will tolerate, so we'd love your feedback if you give it a try. Either slightly acidic or slightly alkaline soils are fine, as long as you provide decent moisture.
Lady slipper orchids are maintenance free in the garden once they are established in the correct growing conditions.
Cypripedium prefer soils that are very well drained, and rich in compost. In containers, we like to add Permatill (popped slate) or a Pumice like product. Average moisture levels are great, but be certain soils do not remain waterlogged.
Lady slipper orchids are woodland plants, and most species do not have any sun tolerance. We have found that light, high shade is ideal.
Planting is critical, as roots must be spread horizontally just below the soil surface and not stuck deep in the ground as is the case with virtually all other plants. The growth bud should be planted just below the soil surface.
Bees are the primary pollinators for lady slipper orchids, since orchids have a complex pollination mechanism built into the flowers.