Lady Slipper Plants

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Asked by Anonymous on June 2, 2016
When Do Lady’s Slippers Have Seeds?

How soon after blooming do the lady’s slipper set seed? Do you have a picture of the seed pod?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Here is a photo of a lady slipper seed pod:
https://nhgardensolutions.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/9-pink-ladys-slipper-seed-pod.jpg

The blooms of a lady slipper last only a few weeks - the seed formation would start happening after the blooms are spent.

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Asked by Anonymous on June 5, 2016
Can I Save My Lady Slippers?

I bought 3 immature pink lady slippers probably 8 years ago. I live in south central Massachusetts. I planted them near the edge of my woods where they would get dappled sun. After 4 years they finally bloomed & had bloomed beautifully for probably 3 more years. Last year they came up but we had a very cold spring & early summer. Only 1 of the 3 plants had a flower & that flower looked deformed. In general all my plants did poorly last year, so I wasn’t too worried. This year, none of the 3 plants has sprung up at all. Any ideas what happened? Do you think there’s any way to save them? Should I dig them up & see what’s going on? They were my favorite out of my whole garden & financially I don’t think I can replace them. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Unfortunately, these cold winters we have been having may have done them in. It would be best to try digging one up and checking on the roots. If they are firm and pliable, they may just need more time to break dormancy. If they are brittle or mushy, they are dead.

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Asked by dhulteen on June 17, 2016
Lady Slippers

Just wanted to let you know that it is illegal in Minnesota to transplant Lady Slippers since they are our state flower. I did enjoy your article, however.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This depends on where you are getting the plants from. If you have permission from a private land owner, you can buy or remove Lady Slipper Orchids.
If you are on public land, it is against the law to remove a Lady Slipper Orchid.
This article explains the law.
http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/assistance/backyard/gardens/native_plant/orchidtransplanting.pdf

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Asked by Carol Keller on June 27, 2016
Lady Slipper Seed

I want to know how to plant a lady slipper seed.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Growing from seed is a very difficult task.

This link will explain the process.

http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/pink_ladys_slipper.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on March 21, 2017
Yellow Lady Slipper

Do you know where I can get yellow lady slipper seeds or plants and the price? What kind of soil should they be planted in? Thank you!

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Do a Google search for 'Lady Slipper Orchids'. There are many mail order sources for these plants.
Also try Ebay. They can be a good source for plants that are difficult to find.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/orchids/lady-slipper-wildflower.htm

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