Great American Cyps: C.pubescens (with photos)

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Abgeschickt von Mark Johnson am 13 Mai, 2001 um 21:46:02

Two pouches are better than one! This Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens produced two blooms on the same stem! These plants started out a 5 years ago as just a few individual stems. They are growing in my Ohio bog garden (USDA Zone 5). The soil is equal parts sand, pine needles, peat moss (yes, sphagnum!) and oak leaf mold. I dig a hole 24 inches deep and at least 2 feet wide. I line the hole with two or three layers of strong white greenhouse plastic. The substrate consists of gravel or cypress mulch filled to a depth of 12 inches. The soil mix completes the top twelve inches of the bog. To keep standing water out of the root zone, I punch many holes in the sides of the plastic from ground level down to about 8 inches below the soil level. Most of my American Cyps are thriving in these types of bogs.