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Cypripedium Emil

This is a discussion on Cypripedium Emil within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; 3 days later, photo taken right now its almost there...

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    3 days later, photo taken right now

    its almost there

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    that is so cool!!

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    I'm so excited. Lol I am checking on it all the time since I've never bloomed one indoors before. I'm planning to keep it in a pot for I while. I think I have figured out how to properly care for them this way, but we shall see next year.
    I think cypripediums are getting just as addictive as paphs and phrags...

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    Good luck with it. I know how hard they can be to grow in a container. I can't wait to see the open blooms.

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    That looks so vigorous! I like 'em already, and that's saying something: I don't even know what a cypripedium looks like.

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    Its in bloom now!
    I wasn't going to post this unopened bud photo a few days later but it looks interesting. The buds have coloured up quickly. this was few days later

    and another 3 days, this evening

    It has a jasmine like scent too, I'm pleased. It smells lighter and more citrus-like than my Cyp. pubencens outdoors.

    Cypripediums are definitely worth growing outdoors if you are a gardener in a temperate climate. So far they are growing well outside for me. It will require additions to the garden soil for drainage, such as sand, gravel and perlite. Just make sure you are buying from a reputable dealer rather than wild harvested ones. Some wild harvested plants may not do so well after transplant (maybe carefully they will, but why worth the risk). Planting should be done in the best during the fall, or in early spring before the plants leaf out. Garden centers may sell plants in bloom, but plant these carefully without disturbing the roots too much at this stage.

    This one is my attempt indoors, though it will still require a winter dormancy, just like the outdoor plants. I have it growing in a clay pot, for air exchange and a cooling effect. Their roots should not be exposed to temperatures above 30 degrees celcius, so clay pots should help cool the roots as the water evaporates. The medium is probably 30% organic and 70% inorganic matter. Its a mix of sand, perlite, hydroton clay balls (S/H), old potting soil, old orchid bark. Just like other orchids they should not be over watered, though they cypripediums should not dry out too much. And similar to epiphytes, terrestrial orchids require a light, airy mix.

    In a few months my outdoors plants will bloom, we are a month behind most of USA in Canada.
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    that is awesome! Nice going, Fren!

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    That is.... so beautiful. You should be proud.

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    Wonderful! Good job growing and flowering this.

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    goody goody....

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