Pink Lady Slipper Seeds

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PINK LADY SLIPPER - Cypripedium acaule (Seeds per Packet: 200+) The elusive, sought after Pink Lady Slipper plant is one of nature's most beautiful creations. Also known as the Moccasin Flower. A showy flower that attracts bees and other flying insects. Our lady slippers seeds are never gathered from the wild, but nursery propagated. PARTIAL SHADE/WOODLAND NOTE: Growing medium for orchids is available at local garden centers. It should be cleaned and sifted . This has the micro-organisms necessary to germinate the seeds and feed young plants. Patience is needed when growing Lady Slippers.
Woodland and Rare Wildflowers About: Many seeds of woodland and rare wildflowers have built-in dormancy mechanisms which protect them from germinating before killing frosts or in times of drought. In the wild, seeds will lie dormant until they acclimate to their new environment or until the proper conditions for growth occur. To be successful with these types of species and growing them from seed you must realize that each species has a different method of naturally breaking dormancy. Woodland and Rare wildflowers are not instant garden flowers and many take a great amount of patience before they germinate and bloom. Once they do, they are well worth the wait. Different Ways Woodland and Rare Species Break Dormancy: Each species is different. Some are relatively quick and act like traditional perennials while others can take a few years. Below, we have outlined different ways these species break dormancy to help you better understand why some take longer than others. It will also help you to better understand why they don't germinate the first or second year – so don't give up on them! 1. – Some species germinate upon sowing in a warm location like any other perennial. They grow and leaf the first year to begin blooming the second and successive years. 2. – Some species need a cold, moist stratification followed by an extended cold period ie. Fall/Winter. 3. – Very small seeds need light to break dormancy so they should be planted no deeper than 1/8th of an inch and just a light layer of soil cover. They shouldn't be allowed to dry out. You can tell the size of your seeds by just looking at them. 4. Some species will need a warm, moist period followed by a cold, moist period and will need 2-4 full years of these alternating conditions to break dormancy. Lady Slipper Seed Sowing Tips: We suggest direct sowing lady slipper seeds where you wish them to grow. The soil should be a neutral pH. Mixing some lime is beneficial. A good place to plant is an open area which is well drained but moist. Some protection from direct sun is beneficial in the warmer climates. These need a certain type of fungus for germination. The fungus is already on the seeds and is usually found in most soils. For germination to occur, the plants will also go through a natural stratification process ie. warm, cold, warm, cold etc. NOTE ABOUT SOIL: If your soil is a heavy clay you will need to loosen it by adding sharp sand and humus (rotten bark, leaf mold, or aged compost). If your soil is a dry open sandy type, then you will need to add some loam and humus.
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