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Old 05-23-2010, 09:16 AM
 
Location: ST paul MN
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I have a shade property ( group home) and found this site offering lab grown lady slippers for garden use, including but not limited to, the showy lady slipper, the yellow lady slippers both large and small, I contacted the site about a week ago and have heard no reply.

Right now we just have hostas along with a few shade native plants I've planted and the soil has had nothing done to it.. What do I need to do to the soil to make this work.

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Old 05-23-2010, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Phelan
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The Lady Slippers you are referring to are an orchid - correct? Very few orchids grow in true soil. Most orchids are grown in a mixture that is primarily tree bark and moss. Soil would compact and choke the orchid and rot its roots.

Wikipedia gives the full Latin name of the orchid.
Cypripedioideae - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Here is a informational site about the Lady Slipper Orchid specifically. They give recommendations for the type of potting medium you'd need to successfully grow your orchids.
Slipper Orchid Alliance

Good luck with your Lady Slippers.
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:07 AM
 
Location: ST paul MN
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thanks. I plan on only getting 1 or 2 as they are expensive and I dont want to waste too much money.

The soil here is pretty clumpy, clayish and poor. I didnt know our MN native orchids needed tree bark and stuff like this. So I guess its peat moss and bark chips.
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