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RE: Orchids for the northern USA

For all you orchid fans out there, the Jan/Feb 2003 Gardening How-To magazine has an article entitled 'Easy Orchid Growing'.  Since I don't know from orchids, I don't know how good it is.  Maybe when Jesse reads her copy, she'll be able to tell you!!

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Sun, 29 Dec 2002 10:40:36 -0500

>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...
>Maryland zone 6
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Donna
>To: gardenchat@hort.net
>Sent: 12/27/2002 8:41 PM
>Subject: RE: [CHAT] Orchids for the northern USA
>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.
>And before I have to duck.... they were in the nature center, moved, but
>still inside the nature center... no one is taking them home!
>>     Pink ladyslipper can be quite tricky. Have friends who have
>> that
>> one, however. Both here in the eastern US and in several European
>> countries.
>> So.. can be accomplished.
>>     Gene E. Bush
>> Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
>> www.munchkinnursery.com
>> genebush@munchkinnursery.com
>> Zone 6/5  Southern Indiana
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX/zone 8A

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