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Gardens at Post Hill Store

Cypripedium - Temperate Ladyslipper Orchids

Fall List 2022

Ordering

Note on payment. Because we are no longer a business, we cannot continue to use our Paypal business account. That means that we have to use a personal email account to receive money. I have set up orchidron1955@gmail.com to do that while I figure out a better way. This method is clunky, since you will have to send me an email message noting what plants you would like and I will send a reply with payment instructions. You will also receive a message from Paypal that "requests money" from the orchidron1955 account. If you feel safer sending a check, that is also fine. When you send an email message noting what you would like to order, I will reply with the total amount along with my address.

GPH is a hobbyist grower of Cypripedium and some other terrestrial orchids. We make crosses and raise plants to blooming size to assess the qualities of flowers from the new crosses. We sell excess plants once we have assessed the flowers to make room for new seedlings from new crosses. Thus, our stock of any given species or hybrid is limited in number. We will endeavor to note on our list when our stock of a certain plant is sold out, but during a day, we may receive more orders than the number of plants we have available. We will let you know immediately when we realize that has happened and we will refund your payment immediately.

The plants we sell as 'blooming size' have bloomed at least one year. This does not necessarily mean that the plant you receive will bloom next Spring, but more often than not it will. Some species and hybrids may abort their bud the first Spring after being transplanted. This is a response to being moved. We have found that Cyp tibeticum and Cyp macranthos are particularly prone to first year bud abortion.

It is also important to keep in mind that the plants we sell will have a variable number of growth buds. The price at which we sell is for one growth bud but often there is more than one bud, the 'extras' are bonuses to the buyer. Sometimes we sell plants with specific numbers of buds but we dont do this often as the plants are grown in beds and it is difficult to determine exactly how many buds a given plant has without disturbing it a great deal.

Many of the hybrids and some of the species we sell are 'new.' For a species this means that it has not been in cultivation extensively so we do not have a good feel for how long a plant may survive in your planting bed. We know it has grown in cultivation for at least 5 years since all of our plants are seed-grown but we dont know with certainty what the breadth of conditions in which they survive might be. We let you know this in our descriptions. These plants are for those who have experience with Cypripediums and are prepared to lose them. We sometimes sell Cyp lichiangense or Cyp arietinum. These often last for a few years but all too soon are lost. All of us who have kept Cyp's have killed very many! While some species and hybrids last for very long periods of time - Cyp reginae, Cyp pubescens, Cyp Gisela and so forth are very difficult to kill and we have specimens that are more than 15 years old, many new hybrids do well, but over a few years tend to decline and are eventually lost. This is the case for many hybrid plants including orchids. Since most of the hybrids we sell have only been in existance for 5-10 years, it is natural to expect that some will not be long-lived. We note in the descriptions some that have done very well for us for many years. If you are looking for good garden plants for your perennial beds in shady sites, keep to these.

Finally, we ship our plants bare root in clear plastic bags. Having a clear plastic bag allows you to become comfortable or not with the quality of the plant when it arrives. If you do not like the look of a rhizome when you receive it we are happy to take it back as we want you to be happy with the plants you receive. This also means that if you order from us, it is with the understanding that we cannot be responsible for issues that become apparent after you plant your rhizome. The rhizomes are in good condition when we dig them or we dont send them on to you. On very rare occasions we find there is a quality or suitability issue. For example, some years ago we received Cyp Sebastian, very nice plants, from an outside source. We kept some and sold some. The next Spring, we found that ours had degraded in our beds. This was not due to the quality of the plants but rather their inability to tolerate conditions outside of those in their native habitat at above 5000 feet in the Rocky Mountains (the habitat of one of their parents, Cyp montanum). Since we had sold the plants as hardy in our conditions and they were not, in the Spring we contacted customers who purchased them and told them of our findings, and if the plants had not survived for a customer we refunded their purchase price. Outside of instances in which the plants we sold you were from beds that subsequently failed as in this example, we do not replace plants.


Plants

In addition to listed plants, we also sometimes have available limited numbers of unlisted plants - please contact us if you are looking for something we do not have. If we do not have it, we will help you find someone who does.

Due to the difficulty and costs of obtaining phytosanitary and CITES certificates, we can only ship within the United States.

Bed of Cyp reginae album

Cypripedium reginae forma album clump in its 8th year with 14 flowers.



Cypripedium Ladyslipper Orchids

Cypripedium ladyslipper orchids are among the most showy of the temperate terrestrial orchids. Please read our cultivation instructions to make sure that you live in an appropriate part of the country to grow these magnificient garden plants. Plants should be situated in a partially shaded area and preferably planted in a soiless medium. Please read our cultivation instructions before you order.

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   Species

Cypripedium Philipp Dark

Cypripedium Philipp Dark
Blooming size plant
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Once you have chosen the plants you would like to order, please send me a list to orchidron1955@gmail.com and I will send payment instructions. Plants will be shipped in mid-October.

Cyp Philipp has some of the largest flowers among Cyp's, inherited from its Cyp kentuckiense parent. Philipp 'Dark' is a particularly brightly colored form introduced several years ago by Anthura. We grow Philipp in artificial medium that contains about 50% sand to mimic Cyp kentuckiense's native habitat. The perfect sand is Quikrete all purpose sand - the off-white to light brown colored sand. The very white sandbox sands are often extremely alkaline and will kill your plants very quickly.


Cypripedium Sabine album

Cypripedium Sabine album
Blooming size plant
$50.00 each Shipping Included

Once you have chosen the plants you would like to order, please send me a list to orchidron1955@gmail.com and I will send payment instructions. Plants will be shipped in mid-October.

Cyp Sabine album is a hardy plant with large, white flowers, sometimes with tiny red dots. These grow into nice, large clumps in our Seattle garden.


Cypripedium Ulla Silkens

Cypripedium Ulla Silkens
Blooming size plant
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Once you have chosen the plants you would like to order, please send me a list to orchidron1955@gmail.com and I will send payment instructions. Plants will be shipped in mid-October.

Cyp Ulla Silkens is one of the first registered Cypripedium hybrids, between the US Cyp reginae and the Asian Cyp flavum. The flower appearance is variable, sometimes being nearly pure white with a few purple dots, ranging to a flower very similar to the Cyp reginae parent. It is an easy to grow plant, especially farther North.


Cypripedium ventricosum

Cypripedium ventricosum
Blooming size plant
$45.00 each Shipping Included

Once you have chosen the plants you would like to order, please send me a list to orchidron1955@gmail.com and I will send payment instructions. Plants will be shipped in mid-October.

Cyp ventricosum is a natural hybrid we highly recommend for beginners.