Caring for Cypripediums (Lady Slipper Orchids)

May 29, 2012 12:00 am

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Lady Slipper Orchids

Light: Morning or evening sun is okay, but plants should be shaded in midday. High open shade or the shade of the north side of a building will work very well. Cypripediums do prefer to grow in a cool spot to a warm one!

Soil: Whether your soil is slightly acidic, slightly basic or neutral, whether it is of a largely mineral or a mainly organic composition, the most important factor is that it be well-drained! The soil should not be allowed to dry out completely, especially during the first year as plants are getting established.

Fertilizer: When planted in a good rich soil, fertilizer is not always necessary. However, you may wish to try a yearly spring application of a granular organic fertilizer. If you like to actively fertilize, you can apply a quarter-strength liquid fertilizer every 7 to 10 days from spring until mid-August.

Watering: Please resist all temptation to over-water. These plants like an evenly moist soil. As with all plants, early morning watering is best and they should never be allowed to dry out completely.