Inge Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid
Item #: 8529
Zones: 4a to 7b
Dormancy: Winter, Fall
Height: 16" tall
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This 2003 Werner Frosch hybrid combines the vigorous genes of the North American Cypripedium parviflorum var. parviflorum with the large flower size of Cypripedium fasciolatum. Atop the 16" stalk of this mid-season bloomer, enjoy a long-lasting creamy pouch about the size of a small egg, highlighted by amber-purple handlebar moustache-like sepals. Cypripedium 'Inge' has been quick to form a nice, multi-flowered clump in our gardens...we are very impressed. Our offerings are flowering-sized, seed-grown plants.
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.