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Cypripedium parviflorum

This is a discussion on Cypripedium parviflorum within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Cypripedium parviflorum is distributed all over North America, and they are a close relative to ...

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    Cypripedium parviflorum is distributed all over North America, and they are a close relative to the European Cypripedium calceolus. Cyps are known as the hardy Lady's Slippers and they are distributed all over Asia, North America and Europe. They are known to be difficult to grow and many growers may go through several plants before cultivation is perfected.

    I bought this one at the garden centre labelled as Cypripedium calceolus, but I believe it is a Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens. Cyp parviflorum var. pubescens is the most widely distributed variety in North America I believe. Cyp parviflorum var. pubescens is also larger than the other two varieties, parviflorum var. parviflorum and parviflorum var. makasin. Parviflorum is hardy up to zone 3, and prefers limy soils but are found in a wide range of pH. They are supposed to be a beginners cyp. I will soon have to sink the pot into the ground to keep the roots cool, that is very important.




    I hope Cyp. reginae has my first blooming this year and it is just breaking dormancy. This plant I bought must have been in put in a cool greenhouse since it is in bloommed so early. Finally the first early blooming waterlily tulips are blooming in Canada, our winters are much longer. I have already made a mistake on my first parviflorum and it died from rot after planting the roots. I think it was kept too warm and wet since I brought it indoors, hoping it would grow earlier since winter lasts so long here, but I am not completely certain about the cause of the early death.
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    That is stunning, Fren. I want one too!

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    So nice. I'd love to have a garden with Cyps one day!

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    Great work, Fren! Cyps aren't easy. It's always wonderful to see them in cultivation. Good luck with your others!

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    Nice photo. You are very brave to try this one.

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    Beautiful, Fren! ...and I almost had the nads to try this down here in Florida...

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    I read somewhere that someone grew these in their basement underlights. They just need a refrigerator in the winter.

    My society is selling some cyps this month from someone's collection...I will be very tempted to buy some cheap ones, though I am so new to it. I am seeing another growths coming out of cyp reginae today, so I should have three. I almost thought I messed this one up too. I had it potted in mostly sand, and with perlite, aquarium gravel, potting soil and orchid bark, garden lime sprinkled on top

    I don't know what this parviflorum is potted in, but it looks like gravel, sand, perlite, peat

    Turface seems to be a medium favored by many growers, but I will see if I can find a bag of it

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    I heard you need to use deep pots so the roots can stay cool by going deep in the potting the soil.

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