Ingrid Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid
This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.Shop Available Cypripedium
Item #: 7504
Zones: 4a to 7b, at least
Dormancy: Winter, Fall
Height: 18" tall
This 1990 Werner Frosch hybrid strain is a cross of the Chinese Cypripedium cordigerum and the American Cypripedium parviflorum var. parviflorum. The 18" tall stalk is topped with a creamy white pouch, backed by three twisted cinnamon/maroon sepals, often suffused with gold...oh, my! Falling in love with hybrid cypripediums has been shown to be dangerous for your fiscal well-being. Our offerings are flowering-sized plants. Cypripedium 'Ingrid' is named after German orchid grower Ingrid von Ramin, who in the 1970's was one of the pioneers in the cultivation of native European cypripediums.
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.