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Old 06-10-2019, 08:26 AM   #1
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Lady Slipper, we think.


Discovered what we think is a Lady Slipper next to our garage.

It was dropped off most likely by a flying critter.
This is the second time that we were gifted with a Lady Slipper.

I want to transplant it to the pond area where I can enjoy seeing it,
but the head gardner won’t allow me to do so! He wants to see it
bloom and doesn’t want to risk a transplant.

Here it is...under a shrub in a moist and shaded area.
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Old 06-10-2019, 08:43 AM   #2
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Re: Lady Slipper, we think.


When i did a googled search, pictures of lady slippers, it does look like the same leaf pattern. However, the pictures I looked at have the actual flower itself on a longer stem.

Wait and see what the flower looks like. They are a beautiful orchid. I believe they are protected as well.

Looks like it's in the shade, could be why the growth is slower.
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Re: Lady Slipper, we think.


Why can't you convince him to temporarily put it in a pot and bring it in to your arboretum.

Then if it does well and is what you think it is, transplant it to a choice spot.

Where it is now, it's DOOMED , I tell you.

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Re: Lady Slipper, we think.


From the little I know they do like shade and moisture. I most often see them around lakes or streams. Surprised that my daughter has them in her garden left from the previous owner. I'll see if I can get a picture.

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Re: Lady Slipper, we think.


I wouldn't transplant it either, yet.
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Re: Lady Slipper, we think.


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I wouldn't transplant it either, yet.
I now agree, the outside head grounds keeper boss (outside Boss only ) will
not move it.

Yes, Bud...would love to see pics of your daughters Lady Slippers.
...we know that they are protected.
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Re: Lady Slipper, we think.


Years ago I tried to transplant one from my friends camp to my home, he had hundreds, but not even close to surviving, died immediately.

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Re: Lady Slipper, we think.


It looks small and not well established there.

My point being, After it roots in, if it can, it will be much harder to transplant successfully.

Which is why I suggested a temporary pot allowing it to grow, and bloom to verify it's identity.

Then after identifying it, it will be easier to transfer from a pot to a chosen spot.

Where it is, it has competition from the bush, and the other plants, but in a pot it will be master of it's realm, and easier to flourish.

It's your gift from the wildlife, do as you wish with it.


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I read that only 5% survive transplantation. Smart boss.
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It has 0% chance , where it is at now.

If the other plants there don't rob it of nutrients, and water, they are stealing it's light.

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Re: Lady Slipper, we think.


Check on the best time of year to do transplants. Peak growing season may not be best.

Also, no expert, but shade and moisture have always been part of the locations where I have seen them. Even my daughters is on the north side of her back deck and up close where the sun rarely shines. Her yard is heavily shaded anyway. Like I said, not an expert.

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Re: Lady Slipper, we think.


The showy lady slipper is Minnesota's state flower and it is protected there. We were lucky enough to have some in our garden at our cabin in northern Minnesota. They were gorgeous.

We lost them when we lost some trees and the sky's opened up and the sun came down on them. We lost about 10 trees due to a wind storm.

We did try and transplant a couple to a similar location with similar shade, water, etc.. and, it lasted a year.

It was probably put there last year and survived the winter. Let it grow and see what happens.

You were given a gift from nature. Enjoy it while you can, where nature gave it to you.
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Re: Lady Slipper, we think.


Like all terrestrial orchids, Lady Slippers (Cyprediums) are very slow growing. I'd go really really slow on digging and moving that one.

Those who really love them, can buy some. The key to success in buying is getting nursery raised plants, and not those plundered from the wild. http://gardensatposthill.net/StoreCypripedium.html
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Re: Lady Slipper, we think.


Did it bloom?
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