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Re: Orchids for the northern USA

Hello Donna,
    What you are asking is really a two part-er on pink ladyslipper.
One... the actual digging and moving. The root system on a ladyslipper is
like a wagon wheel or pancake with a bump(s) in the middle. Very shallow
rooted and spread out like spokes on a wheel around the central eye that you
see above ground. If you are trying to move the roots with soil, it is
necessary to make sure the soil is wet so it will hang together while you
take a large shallow sod up without breaking up the root system. They are
not fond of having their root systems chopped up.
    If you are moving a sod, put back the way it was taken our and to the
same depth. Make sure it does not dry out severely the first year or two
after transplanting. If you have a bare root plant, loosen the soil, and
place on top of the ground, then cover with highly acidic soil and acidic
mulch such as pine needles or oak leaves, pine bark. Water with
vinegar-water mix.... or empty your coke bottles ... ants will love you, and
the drink is certainly acidic...... Seriously, know someone who is
successful using soda pot to water.
    Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
Zone 6/5  Southern Indiana
----- Original Message -----
> Hi Gene,
> I would be very interested in finding out how they moved the Pink
> Ladyslippers with success.
> When we tried it just did not work. We tried larger established plants
> and very young plants. We took large areas of soil as not to disturb the
> roots much... we found a place with what appeared to be a exact match...
> same light patterns, wind patterns, moisture levels, same type trees and
> understory in the area, ph levels, same elevation on the shoals, even
> watched that the natural mulch ( read - leaves, pine needles and snow)
> appeared to be the same type and depth in that area... we thought we
> found the perfect area. We tried at different times also... at different
> stages throughout the season. We could keep them alive for awhile, but
> none ever came back. Our thought was it needs some kinda of host that
> was not at the new location.
> We really would like to have some visible for those interested in seeing
> them. But decided to forget the idea.... since we are obviously not
> knowledgeable enough to move them.
> Donna

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