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Cypripediums 2017
« on: April 09, 2017, 08:05:40 PM »
Cypripedium japonicum
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Start of the season
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2017, 06:09:42 PM »
Wim,
Nice flower on not an easy to flower species!
The past couple of years have been a real trial with family issues and the cyp collection has rather suffered.
I have probably lost about half the pots. Nearly all have been to rot where the plants just do not appear after winter, despite being kept dry. Some is probably down the the size of some of them. I can confirm that as Michael Wienert says, plants that grow in size seem to become more susceptible to rot.
Anyway on the up side I now have plenty of room for all the plants on the staging behind the greenhouse and they can spread out without being squashed up.

First to flower this year was formosanum although there are probably only half the growths of last year.
Next is Michael alba and this is one plant has has held its own. About 22 flowers this year.
I grow the plants on the concrete behind the greenhouse last year rather than on the staging.
With the wet spring this meant quite a bit of slug damage. The reginae types were fine with this but none have appeared this year. Maybe it was too wet for them.
The big macranthos type hybrids ( Philip, Lucy pinkepank) are still fine and getting pretty big. Both Michael clones are well.


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Re: Cypripediums 2017
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2017, 10:40:39 AM »
They still look great, David...I like the bigger pots...the hybrids are a lot tougher and more garden worthy than most species, except for Cypripedium formosanum which forms big clumps in the garden...it's starting here now
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Re: Cypripediums 2017
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2017, 05:34:44 PM »
All of the sudden, the cypripediums on my allotment are in flower, and I realise that I must split them up soon, as they are now growing across the path between my raised beds.
Here are:
Cyp Ventricosum Pastel 1 & 2 and
Cyp Sabine Pastel

NB I changed the names following a discussion with Michael Weinert.
« Last Edit: April 19, 2017, 08:18:28 AM by Maren »
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Re: Cypripediums 2017
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2017, 07:25:21 PM »
Really lovely Maren. Mine don't even have their flower heads on yet.

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Re: Cypripediums 2017
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2017, 08:34:32 PM »
Karen,
Those are lovely,
David
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Re: Cypripediums 2017
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2017, 10:52:55 AM »
...did you mean Maren?
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Sabine alba and a monster Gabriela
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2017, 05:12:30 PM »
Sorry Maren, I do and my spell checker has just changed it again to Karen!
My iPad only seems to recognise 'english' Christian names.
This time I noticed.
A couple for this week.
First up a true alba Sabine with no trace of colour.
The plant is struggling and has already lost a new growth to rot this year. I may have to repot it soon.
Next is one of the biggest cyps I have ever grown.
This Gabriela is about 2 feet across with 35 growths and flowers. A bit of neglect last year did it no harm,

https://flic.kr/p/TKeXG1

https://flic.kr/p/SGG1hY

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Re: Cypripediums 2017
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2017, 06:26:32 PM »
Very nice plants.
You could add my name to your spellchecker's dictionary.
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Re: Cypripediums 2017
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2017, 07:20:50 PM »
David your Cyp, Gabriela is lovely. We had a frost last night so had to cover mine up. I am way behind with my Cypripediums.

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Re: Cypripediums 2017
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2017, 05:47:07 PM »
A monster philipp which has developed good colour with slow growth in our cold spring.
Now up to about 25 large flowers

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Re: Cypripediums 2017
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2017, 10:10:03 AM »
Cyps well into growth here.
I'm on a steep learning curve with these difficult plants. Some have done quite well whilst others have gone back somewhat. I think I will need to fertilize more. No flowers at all on C. segawai -I need to try to extend its growing season.

Cypripedium formosanum -Only 3 flowers this year, same as last year.


Cypripedium plectrochilum -only two flowers, one opened early, this one later.


Cypripedium pubescens -a dwarf form, bought as forma planipetalum but lacking the
"planar" petals.


Cypripedium parviflorum


Cypripedium fasciolatum -I have a couple of different clones with different flowering times.

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Re: Cypripediums 2017
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2017, 09:15:44 AM »
I thought I had lost this last year and so tracked down another, but the initial plant has survived -gone from 4 growths to one. Rebunense seems to be very prone to rhizome rot. I now have them in pots of almost pure pumice with the rhizome barely covered. I keep them just barely damp, cool and in shade.

Cypripedium rebunense


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Re: Cypripediums 2017
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2017, 01:43:49 PM »
good luck Steve!
Expensive plants to keep losing,
David
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Re: Cypripediums 2017
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2017, 01:36:46 PM »
good luck Steve!
Expensive plants to keep losing,
David

That's very true David ........but then again yer a lang time deid!
(Carpe dieme!).

Here's another one that dies if looked at the wrong way:

Cypripedium acaule


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