Hardy Garden Orchid 'Cypripedium' Mix 12cm Pots
Item number PC79P
Hardy Garden Orchid 'Cypripedium' Mix 12cm PotsEverybody recognizes the orchid, but did you know that there are varieties that you can grow in the garden? Normally regarded as a houseplant, there are in fact other species that survive in almost all parts of the world, including those parts with moderate and heavy frost during the winter.
Ideal for UK terraces and balconies. Cypripedium is the Queen of winter-hardy Orchids and can endure winter temperatures down to -25°C. One of the most spectacular winter-hardy Orchids, Cypripedium is also known as the Lady’s Slipper Orchid.
Flowering from April until the end of June, the blooms are very special with a huge variation of colour from snow white to yellow, pink and purple to almost black. The size of the flowers can vary too from 1 to 10cm.
Becoming dormant when the weather begins to get colder, plants return in the spring with a glorious display of slipper-like flowers. Naturalising when happy, slipper orchids will get bigger, stronger and more beautiful year after year as long as you observe a few essential needs – otherwise they’re easy to grow and anybody can grow them with or without a garden.
During the summer Cypripedium develops new shoots underneath the soil and these shoots will go into hibernation during the winter and then re-emerge between April and June. The plant then grows relatively quickly, producing flowers within three to five weeks. Blooms last for three to six weeks.
Cypripedium do best when planted in a shady place such as under trees or in a north facing area in the garden or in a large terrace pot. Make sure to position the pot in a shady place on your terrace or balcony.
Garden Orchids are often planted with Hostas, winter hardy Ferns and maple (Acer) to provide shade. Supplied as a single plant in a 12cm pot. Please note that plants are nursery grown and supplied in a random mixture of colours and we cannot guarantee the colour that you will receive.