Calopogon not coming up?

cypsavant(z5/6 Ontario)July 3, 2007

Hi all

I purchase a couple of Calopogon tuberosus from Planteck Biotechnologies in Quebec back in April. The corms arrived in a ziploc with some moist mix and looked healthy enough (not that I know what a healthy Grass Pink corm should look like)

I put the bag in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks (where I stratify a lot of my seeds) and in early May I planted the corms about 2 inches deep in a large pot containing a 50/50 mix of builder's sand and peat moss. The pot is in a large saucer that provides about 2 inches of water at all times...nothing but rain water has been used. The corms are probably about 2 inches above the water level.

It's July now and i haven't seen a leaf. No sign of anything. Should I be concerned? I know some of my cypripediums skip a season now and again, do Calopogon pull the same no-show trick?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

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kwoods(Cold z7 Long Is)

No advice, sounds to me like you're doing everything right. I can report that my Calopogon, grown in an outdoor bog, are up and very close to flowering. Additionally mine have never skipped a season that I am aware of. Sometimes it does take things a period of time to get used to new conditions and since they came from a lab they might be a bit out of synch and come out of dormancy late. I have had good experience with the things I've bought from plantek but I find they do need to be babied for a season or two. Hope my experiences help in some way. Good luck!

    Bookmark   July 3, 2007 at 11:14AM
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cypsavant(z5/6 Ontario)

Thanks, you recall how long before blooming the first shoots appear? I'm not at all familiar with them in their natural habitat, so I really don't have a clue what to expect/look for.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2007 at 4:51PM
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kwoods(Cold z7 Long Is)

I think they came up in late May and will flower later this week in all likelyhood.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2007 at 12:08PM
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orquidman2004(z8 Coastal Ga.)

Hola- I have Calopogons also!! I have had them for about four years! They bloom around April in my side of the USA.
They are planted in a bog of peat moss, sand, and native soil- wish is very sandy. I think that they require the fungus from their natural habitat to bloom! But I am not sure! This year I am going to repot mine into new bogs together with some of the carnivorous plants to see what happens!
Luis A. Valera Z#8 USA

    Bookmark   August 15, 2007 at 1:30PM
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