MARTHA STEWART – A Complete Guide to Growing Lady Slipper Orchids


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Plus, tips from garden experts on ways to cultivate this beautiful but mysterious flower.

If you’re a gardener that isn’t already familiar with lady slipper orchids—known scientifically as Cypripedium reginae—then you’re missing out. “A lady slipper is a beautiful flower naturally shaped like a slipper,” says Benjamin Godfrey, garden manager at Cornerstone Sonoma. “The lady slippers’ name comes from its Greek named genus ‘Cypripedium;’ Cyprus was a name attributed to Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of love, beauty, and passion.”

However, ask even the most avid of green thumbs and they’ll tell you the same: Growing these orchids can be tricky. “It takes a very long time for a lady slipper plant to bloom,” says landscape architect Janice Parker. “I’ve heard it can take almost 10 years or more. They’re an elusive and rather shy plant, so patience, as well as trial and error, is required to grow lady slippers.”…[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

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