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Name: Lee-Roy
Bilzen, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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Arico
Mar 16, 2017 4:38 PM CST
Hello everyone. Smiling

I'm a zone 8a gardener. I've noticed that my hardy orchid (Cyp. henryi) is already shooting up. Glad to see there's 3 noses poking through; one more than last year so he's definately healthy. But my worry is for how long...He's right in the middle of some - now fully grown - sedges (Carex morownii) and they're real thugs. I'm not sure how much longer he can compete with them before succumbing.
Also I'll hopefully be moving out of my home this year and I'd like to take him with me (also because he was really expensive). Can I dig him out now and keep him in a pot?

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 16, 2017 5:26 PM CST
No experience with actually transplanting a Cyp, as they're protected wild species where I come from. But I think you're better to dig it up right now with a large root ball, weed out the sedges from around it carefully (use chop sticks, needle nose pliers or tweezers?) so as not to damage the Cyp roots, and pot it up, with a good mulch of leaves then place the pot back where it was until you move. Sink it into the hole that the plant came out of, so the temperatures and situation remain the same.

This might minimize the transplant shock for the plant, as well as get rid of the competing sedges. Will your new home have a garden too? These plants like to "naturalize" and form a colony so really moving them is going to be risky at best. But obviously since you bought one, and it has grown it works.
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Name: Lee-Roy
Bilzen, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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Arico
Mar 16, 2017 7:21 PM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:No experience with actually transplanting a Cyp, as they're protected wild species where I come from. But I think you're better to dig it up right now with a large root ball, weed out the sedges from around it carefully (use chop sticks, needle nose pliers or tweezers?) so as not to damage the Cyp roots, and pot it up, with a good mulch of leaves then place the pot back where it was until you move. Sink it into the hole that the plant came out of, so the temperatures and situation remain the same.

This might minimize the transplant shock for the plant, as well as get rid of the competing sedges. Will your new home have a garden too? These plants like to "naturalize" and form a colony so really moving them is going to be risky at best. But obviously since you bought one, and it has grown it works.


Ofcourse I'll have a garden Elaine, a full 12acres! Sticking tongue out House has to be build yet haha....But I think I'll try potting him up asap. Won't bury/stand him in the same place though 'cause it's too sunny and hot. He'll be alright I think. Thanks!
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plantladylin
Mar 17, 2017 6:05 PM CST
Oh my, I do hope the Carex doesn't kill your Henry's Cypripedium (Cypripedium henryi) I see that it's listed as critically endangered in our database and IUCN lists it with a status of vulnerable : http://www.iucnredlist.org/det...
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