Odds and Sods

​​Seasonal Notes
​   I can't believe it's December. It was a cool wet fall here this year. At this time of year daytime temperatures are around the freezing mark with occasional rain and  light snow. Cypripediums are now fully dormant.  Cut any remaining growths off just above the ground. Again check that the soil is properly covering the dormant 'eyes' which will become next year's growths. The Cyps are totally  hardy and tolerate freezing temperatures. What will effect them is desiccation by cold dry air. So make sure there is some protection. With some Cyps the dormant eyes remain just below the soil surface. However, some may be visible just above, so use a light mulch of leaf litter, pine needles etc. Lightly top dress your plants with additional soil if needed. 

    Check out the videos or feel free to email us with any questions you may have. If you are growing in pots, tidy up the old growths. I place the pots in an old refrigerator. A cold frame, unheated garage, etc., will also work well. Pots can even be sunken into the ground. Make sure the pots don't become too dry, or too wet if outdoors and exposed to melting snow and winter rain because the water can concentrate or pool in the pots.  Also, a refrigerator will act like a desiccator so make sure the soil doesn't dry out. 

    Seed pods have been harvested, that's another topic.... coming soon with photos.  We are currently placing customers on the 'reserved' list for spring and fall.  Shipping is over for 2018, a special thanks to all who placed orders. 


   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.  More soon.


  • Cypripedium flavum 'A Bloom'n Addiction' CHM/AOS
  • Cypripedium henryi 'A Bloom'n Addiction' CHM/AOS

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