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    I was given a beautiful Calypso Orchid but I'm not sure how to care for it.. it's called Calypso bulbosa.. any tips? what type of soil should I plant it in? someone said something about it being symbiotic.. do I need to grow something else with it?
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    ahh Calypso is a woodland flower in some of the milder areas of the country. I would say it needs an area that is moderately moist, somewhat shaded and a loamy type soil that drains well. During the winter they go dormant. Sometimes you will find them for sale in nursery catalogs.
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    Thank you for the advice [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] They don't only grow in milder areas of the country though.. they grow wild as far north as Alaska from what I hear..

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    That could be.. I am not sure the northern range. But they do need a cold winter dormancy. I didn't word what I was trying to say all that well.. ;/
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    I checked my United States Wildlife book and I found it ( an Orchid that I want SOOO badly&#33[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img] and it says it grows in bogs,and cool mossy forests. So, yeah it must like it damp. Must also tolerate acids soils too. Just listen to Tony, he the orchid guy. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Ok, so keep it shaded and damp and I should be ok? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    ive read up on calypso int he past and from what i understand, you could probably just plant it in your bog garden and it will do fine. i have also heard that it it an alaskan native. also rare from over collecting, so i ve heard.

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    IronMonkey- It is Alaska native.. we live in AK and it was taken from my friends private property that was being built on.. they didn't want to kill it but didn't know what to do with it so they gave it to me [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]
    Do you have any experience with Calypso Orchids? Have you ever heard anything about them being symbiotic?

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