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Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by wpinnix, Apr 12, 2014.
the first of a few different clones of this easy to grow Cypripedium.
I have avoided cypripediums but I may have to rethink that. Wonderful!
I love paphs Bill but I have never attemped a Cyp. Can you shed some light on your culture for it?
I'm experimenting with a mostly inorganic mix this year, a little peat, charcoal, agromite, perlite, and sand. In the past I've used potting soil, but it seemed to retain too much moisture. I grow it outside in dappled sun. I unpot in November and store in the fridge until March 1. I've had the best success with this species.
Agromite? Try googling that! I was going to ask you what it was, but decided I could just google it. LOL. You must have meant Agromate. So now I'm just going to ask you, what is agromate?
Ha ha, that is funny. It should read hydrolite.
I'm glad I asked. Do you like the hydrolite and what percentage of the mix is it? Do you ever use it straight?
I like it a lot for terrestrial orchids. It's about 30% by volume. I have a Phragmipedium xerophyticum that is planted in straight hydrolite, but it came that way. I will probably add in some bark, if I ever repot it. I do top dress with hydrolite, it seems to keep the slugs off.
I grow Cyps in pots outside in the UK. In the winter it generally get's cold enough here to just leave them potted all winter but I cover the pots to stop too much rain over the winter. Most years the water in the medium freezes at some point over the winter. It's been mild this year though so I'm just having to hope they've got cold enough.