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    I love Cypripedium! I just hope this next batch of C. acaule I am getting wil do good in my mix of peat/perlite/sand and a heavy layer of pine needles (partially decaying) I did a pH test for the mix and its about 5.0 pH. Anyways, enjoy the pictures of native Cyps I took today! Any info/expierence people have had with C. acaule or any Cyps is appreaciated! Please POST INFO if you have some.


    C. acaule (just out of peak bloom) One clump of many plants.


    C. reginae (next 4 photos) in peak bloom. 8 ft from Route 3 heading into township of Fine, NY.






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    Boy! Aren't you lucky to live where you can see that! I love cyps too...would love to have one some day, but they are so expensive.

    Those are beautiful photos...what a feast for the eyes!

    Thanks Dustin!
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    Hi Suzzane. Not a problem to get photos of anything interesting I may see in my travels. To bad I was about a week late for the C. acaule. I'm trying that species again as I stated in my first post....perhaps I'll have more luck with it in the new sandy/peat/pine needle mix (I've seen that in nature) and the watering with the acidified rain water.

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    Great pics, Dustin! I guess we've missed the one in our bog, then. I just found C. reginae for sale in Wayside Gardens for $99.95! It says CITES certified, nursery grown from seed.
    Good luck with your plants. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    There are cyps here in VA and in fact my love for slipper orchids comes from finding one in the woods behind my house when I was a child. I was captivated and never lost my fascination with them. Its a little harder now to go traipsing off into the woods when most is private property. In the wild it can take 10-17 years for a cyp to flower. Even in cultivation, they usually take 5-7 at least. Unfortunately, they don't put that on the package of cyp rhisomes they sell at Lowes sometimes. I'm sure people buy them thinking they will have a lady slipper orchid that season. I always thought that was unfair. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]

    Yes they are acid lovers. They also don't like to be wet...so planting in well drained soil in raised beds or planting in hummocks is recommended so water doesn't pool around them.

    I've seen these soil mixes recommended: top two inches of soil in a mixed forest, mostly white pine, rubbed through a 1/4 inch wire screen (for light, fluffy soil which does not compact, even when wet). Add fine peat moss and medium perlite for aeration; and oyster shell and pelletized lime to buffer the mix to a pH of 7.2-7.4.

    Or...three parts perlite, one part sand, one part clay, and one part conifer forest floor duff (consisting of the decaying upper 1 inch of rotting wood, old needles, humus, etc).

    So it sounds like you've got the right mix there. Slugs are an enemy of cyps. So keep some beer out. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]



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    Well they came! Here are some photos of the bed I have them in. Thanks!




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    Lovely plants, Dustin.

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    Nice Dustin! That will be beautiful when they've grown out and all flowering. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
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