Cypripedium 'John Haggar'
John Haggar Hardy Ladyslipper Orchid
Item #: 14885
Zones: 5a to 7a
Dormancy: Winter, Fall
Height: 12" tall
Cypripedium 'John Haggar' is a 2011 Svante Malmgren hybrid of the Japanese Cypripedium hotei (Cypripedium macranthos var. hotei-atsumorianum) and the widespread Eurasian Cypripedium macranthos. The 2' tall clump is topped in spring with large violet pouches backed by violet and pink striped sepals...truly stunning! Cypripedium 'John Haggar' should have little heat tolerance, so should only be tried by gardeners in cooler climates. All of our ladyslipper orchid offerings are flowering sized 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.