Christian Ladyslipper Orchid
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Item #: 14298
Zones: 5a to 7b
Dormancy: Winter, Fall
Height: 12" tall
Cypripedium 'Christian' is a 2018 registration of a new ladyslipper hybrid between the Asian Cypripedium shanxiense and the high elevation Cypripedium hotei. Cypripedium 'Christian' forms a 1' tall x 1' wide vigorous clump, topped with stunning raspberry-red pouches and complimentary colored sepals in late spring...supplies are very limited.
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.