Odds and Sods


​​​Seasonal Notes
​   Well it's May, an exciting time for Cyps.  Day time temperatures here range from about 9-16 C. Here it's been one of the coldest most wet springs I can remember. All of the Cyps are 'peeking' above the soil surface.  Cyp reginae, normally late to show  are just appearing. The various hybrids appeared first. That will change shortly. At this time of year fertilize the Cyps with a slow release perennial fertilizer. Leaf and flower bud formation as well as new root development is enhanced by fertilizing. You will also enhance bud formation for next seasons growths. 


Phragmipediums

   Phragmipediums are another favourite of mine. A wonderful and diverse genus of slipper orchids. I'm currently building a collection of select Phrags.  And yes I'm working on  flasking them too. In time, divisions and seedlings will become available. I'm having particular success growing Phrag. fischeri and Phrag. kovachii.  

    The potting mix I'm using for Phrag. kovachii and Phrag. fischeri is a mixture of 1.5" Grodan rock wool cubes, coarse perlite, and crushed oyster shell. I take the 1.5" rockwool cubes and cut each one into four equal cubes. Place the cut cubes in a bowl, soak and rinse thoroughly with water. Start by placing a layer of perlite in the bottom of the pot. Scatter the rockwool cubes, with slight gaps so they don't touch, then add perlite  to fill in the gaps. Sprinkle a little crushed oyster shell and fill the pot, layer by layer, in and around the plant's roots. Sprinkle a little more oyster shell on top and your done.  This creates a nice open mix with good drainage which works well for us.

    I use reverse osmosis water, which has a pH of 6.7-6.9. I water every other day. As the rock wool cubes dry out you'll notice them change slightly in appearance, which will tell you when to water.  For me, the key, regardless of your potting mix is to provide these Phrags with an alkaline pH.

Available now, please inquire, established multi-growth blooming and near blooming size plants;

Phragmipedium humboldtii 'Fortuna'
Phragmipedium lindenii​​
​Phragmipedium manzurii
Phragmipedium pearcei
Phragmipedium schlimii
Phragmipedium warszewiczianum var wallisi





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  • Cypripedium flavum 'A Bloom'n Addiction' CHM/AOS
  • Cypripedium henryi 'A Bloom'n Addiction' CHM/AOS
  • Phragmipedium besseae var. flavum 'Lemon Sparkles' AM/AOS

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