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RE: Orchids for the northern USA


Libby,
I think you are confirming what we thought... they need the fungus. ( or
something). The nature center is in a natural black oak savanna with
some of the last ridge and swale topography. 

Definitely interested in the details... if you get a chance.

Donna

> 
> Hi Donna,
> 
> My dad has moved pink ladyslippers from his cabin in northern Michigan
to
> his house in southeastern MI (the deer were eating them into oblivion,
and
> he also rescued some from construction sites).  There is a trick to
it,
> and
> it took him a while to figure it out.  I will ask him again for
details,
> but
> I think he finally found a good spade width of soil all around the
clump
> is
> a must.  As I recall, they have a symbiotic relationship with a fungus
in
> the soil, and if the fungus doesn't make it, neither do the
ladyslippers.
> He uses oak leaves to mulch them.  They are lovely...
> 
> Libby
> Maryland zone 6

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