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Calopogon not coming up?

Posted by cypsavant z5/6 Ontario (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 3, 07 at 10:01

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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RE: Calopogon not coming up?

  • Posted by kwoods Cold z7 Long Is (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 3, 07 at 11:14

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!


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RE: Calopogon not coming up?

Thanks, kwoods...do 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.


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RE: Calopogon not coming up?

  • Posted by kwoods Cold z7 Long Is (My Page) on
    Thu, Jul 5, 07 at 12:08

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


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RE: Calopogon not coming up?

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


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