Wild orchid found in Northern Ontario

CossecaRose_z3(Zone 3)June 13, 2014

Here's a wild orchid we found in Northern Ontario just yesterday - enjoy! It was a group of three.

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shavedmonkey (Harvey in South Fl.)Z10b

Very nice find! Thank you. I bet someone will have a name for that paph. Nick name is slipper orchid or lady slipper.

This post was edited by shavedmonkey on Fri, Jun 13, 14 at 15:12

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 3:11PM
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CossecaRose_z3(Zone 3)

I thought it was a paphiopedilum when I saw it, if I remember my old orchid books... I'd like to know its name though yeah. I have a few moth orchids and they have some similarities to this one. It's seems crazy to see such a delicate flower growing in a zone 3 forest!! It looks so tropical and out of place! But it's beautiful. And it was such a harsh and long winter here! I can't imagine what happens to it under all the snow... dies down to the roots I guess? Fascinating anyway...

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 5:37PM
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orchidnick

It's Cypripedium acaule, Jay Phal has this this say about it:

Found in the Eastern USA and Canada and south to Georgia and Alabama in hardwood and conifer forests, in swamps and bogs, dense woods along streams and in coastal dunes as a large sized, cool to cold growing, erect, terrestrial plant from the higher and drier deciduous forests

I have some but they have yet to bloom for me They are a little difficult as they like an acidic environment. I lower the Ph to 4.5 in the water with fertilizer I use on them. It really is not problem just a few drops of vinegar, just a question of getting a Ph measuring device. Found one on eBay for $10. Hopefully next spring I'll have flowers as they are thriving. Last year, without the vinegar they died on me.

If you belong to an orchid society that is looking for speakers, Carson Whitlow gives a very interesting talk about his trek through northeastern Canada to the Hudson Bay, I think he had some photos of this plant to show along with 9 other orchids found there.

Nick

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 6:25PM
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CossecaRose_z3(Zone 3)

Wow! Thank you very much orchidnick! That's really interesting that it likes acidic soil, because these ones are in a jack pine stand. Apparently, the needles these trees drop make the soil acidic... so it all makes alot of sense that they would be happy there. It's really nice to have a name for it. I wonder if putting a bit of conifer needles in your soil would work for your orchid? Maybe it would be prickly to work with the soil afterwards though...

Do you know if moth orchids like acidic soil or water? Mine do okay but I know our water is quite hard here, even though we use a water softener...

I dont' know if we have an orchid society nearby... I could look into it.

I hope your orchid flowers for you - I had moth orchids for years and for the first 4 years I had them they didn't flower, although I was trying everything I could find in books and online. At some point I was getting so frustrated that I was having visions of mowing them over with our lawn mower... :S (They flower now, I put them in a different room where the Temp. fluctuates more and I have maybe 6 of them, so if one is taking a break, another might be flowering. They're wonderful flowers for the winters here. I usually have one or two flowering in the winter (and all winter!) when it's all white and dead outside and I'm desperate for flowers!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 10:47AM
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orchidnick

The local supermarket has a steady supply of table vinegar but is a little short on conifer needles so I'll stick with the vinegar. Hardly any other orchids like that so it's not to be imitated. Orchids generally don't like softened water because of salt but if yours are doing well, don't change anything.

Nick

    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 11:45PM
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CossecaRose_z3(Zone 3)

Lol. (I like your comment about supermarkets and pine needles. ) Yup, you're right - if it ain't broke don't fix it...

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 1:35PM
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