Top Questions About Lady Slipper Plants

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Questions About Lady Slipper Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
June 2, 2016

Q. 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?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 3, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

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

Q. 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.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 5, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

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

Q. 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.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 18, 2016
Certified Expert
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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

Q. Lady Slipper seed

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

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 28, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

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

Q. 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!

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
March 21, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

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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